Austrian privacy campaigner Max Schrems. Photograph: Max Schrems/Europe-V-Facebook.or/PA Wire

Max Schrems, Europe’s data protection David, took on three Goliaths – in Brussels, Washington and Portarlington. And on Tuesday, Europe’s highest cour(...)

The European Court of Justice will rule  on the Safe Harbour agreement between the US and the EU. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Europe’s top court is to deliver its verdict on an agreement that gave US spy chiefs access to the online data of millions of citizens. Austrian priva(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon, at the publication of her office’s annual report. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Data Protection Commissioner has said any decision to take enforcement action against a State body or other organisation where there may be breach(...)

Elizabeth Arnett: “Landlord and tenants can confirm details at any time.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Landlords, including local authorities, have been warned that they have just weeks to contact Irish Water with the names of tenants or they may be hel(...)

Dr. Don Thornhill, chairman National Competitivenes Council, said on Tuesday that Ireland must increase its capital expenditure to a level that at least matches the level in competitor countries. (Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times)

Reducing higher than international average energy prices, investing in infrastructure and restoring trust are the key messages in the National Comp(...)

Irish Roots

The revolution in online record access continues. So what can we expect in 2015?The “big one” is the arrival online of the National Library’s microfil(...)

Irish Water chief executive John Tierney,  arriving at Government Buildings ahead of the Cabinet meeting yesterday  morning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Irish Water managing director John Tierney has said that he does not envisage “a situation where we would be forced to take people to court” over non(...)

Assistant data protection commissioner Tony Delaney: ‘very happy with the outcome’.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Two owners of a private investigations company have been convicted of deceptively obtaining personal information from the Department of Social Protect(...)

The Black Hat hacker conference in Las Vegas last week, where speakers asserted their ability to tap into and manipulate everything from airport security systems to the lights in your hotel room. Photograph: Steve Marcus/Reuters

Facebook was in touch the other day. “Help your friends recognise you,” they wrote. “Add a profile picture.”My instinctive reaction was: Why? So it co(...)

Lawsuit is open to all Facebook users outside of the US and Canada as they have a contract with Facebook International, based in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Privacy campaigner Max Schrems has launched a class-action lawsuit in Vienna against US social network Facebook’s data retention practices.Mr Schrems (...)