Many aspects of the dormant piece of surveillance legislation  Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald quietly signed into law two weeks ago are alarming.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

“We could have secret prosecutions over secret interpretations of secret laws.” That’s how TJ McIntyre, of University College Dublin’s school of law a(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes said he often felt he was fighting a ‘losing battle’ with some State bodies on privacy issues. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

There is an opportunity for Ireland to be seen as a model of a country that can embrace advanced technology without sacrificing rights guaranteed by o(...)

The office of the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) is under-resourced and lacking the power needed to deal with increasingly complex issues aroun(...)

The ECJ ruled the EU data retention directive “entails an interference with the fundamental rights of practically the entire European population”.

It’s appropriate that an Irish court challenge was central to the far-reaching decision yesterday by Europe’s top court that the EU data retent(...)

The ECJ has firmly declared that the wholesale hoovering up and long-term storage of all citizens’ call data, goes against all notions of proportionality and lacks adequate protections- and must end

The landmark European Court of Justice ruling on Tuesday that the current scheme for storing EU citizens’ call data - the European Data Retenti(...)

Edward Snowden: most of us have a much better sense of why we all should value adequate data protection and privacy due in part to the drip-drip revelations of surreptitious surveillance coming from the whistleblower. Photograph: AP Photo

Tuesday was International Data Protection Day, recognised around Ireland with events to raise awareness among businesses and consumers on an issue tha(...)

Personal data: focus of global attention

Just as surveillance and data privacy have become a focus of global attention, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) is this week examining an Irish cha(...)

Microsoft’s offices at Sandyford in Dublin. The company said it must produce data in response to what it called “valid legal requests” from US and Irish law enforcement bodies because it had headquarters in these jurisdictions or because it hosted data in them. Photograph: Alan Betson

Interception by the State of private communications such as emails is occurring on a greater scale than that revealed in a report published by (...)