A young woman in Halloween costume speaks on her phone. A complete ban on roaming charges in the EU will take effect on June 15th, 2017. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Roaming charges are finally to be banned across the EU but mobile phone users will have to wait until the middle of June 2017 before they can use thei(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (right) speaks to Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban before the Eastern Partnership summit session in Riga, on May 22nd. Mr Juncker smilingly greeted Mr Orban with the words: “Hello dictator”. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

It was a quick one-liner, delivered tongue-in-cheek but loud enough for the assembled media to hear. As Jean-Claude Juncker greeted leaders at the Eas(...)

Minister of State Dara Murphy has strongly defended Ireland’s record on data protection, pointing out that the IDPC has undertaken a number of “tough audits” of Facebook. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

European Union ministers agreed to the creation of a pan-European data-protection body on Friday despite concerns from Ireland, the UK and the Neth(...)

Viviane  Reding MEP, a former European Commission vice-president, said it was now “urgent” for the commission to align the VAT rates for books and ebooks. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

“A book is an ebook is a #book!” tweeted Viviane Reding MEP in the wake of a European Court of Justice ruling that sided with the European Commission (...)

Data mining: It’s hard to think of anything you can do these days – online or off – that doesn’t leave a trail of data crumbs

Some 18 months after the first NSA revelations by Edward Snowden, the outrage in Europe about US intelligence snuffling through our data has dropped f(...)

Across Europe citizens and governments are less enraptured with tech giants such as Google and Facebook. Photograph: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Ireland may welcome US silicon giants with open arms to its shores, but across Europe citizens and governments are less enraptured with tech giants su(...)

A US attempt to force Microsoft to hand over emails held on servers in Ireland has drawn a strong rebuke from Brussels

A US attempt to force Microsoft to hand over emails held on servers in Ireland has drawn a strong rebuke from Brussels in one of the first tests of(...)

A deal to force Internet companies such as Google and Facebook to abide by EU rules is a first step in a wider reform package to tighten privacy laws

Companies based outside the European Union must meet Europe’s data protection rules, ministers agreed on Friday, although governments remain divided o(...)

Jan Philipp Albrecht is the European parliamentary politician most closely identified with the politics of the digital era. At a time when data(...)

It’s official: the EU data retention directive has been declared invalid by Europe’s highest court this week, after Irish privacy advocates, Di(...)