Details of about 115,000 Irish users are reportedly included in the hack of the Ashley Madison adultery  website. Photograph: Thinkstock

Some State databases containing personal information may be less well-protected than commercial outlets such as the hacked Ashley Madison adultery sit(...)

Belgian authorities have taken Skype to court because it refused to allow two suspects’ Skype calls to be tapped. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

When is a phone call not a phone call? Microsoft-owned Skype is arguing that while it offers voice communications over the internet to customers it i(...)

Security cannot come with privacy as its price. Nor can absolute privacy be promised, at the sacrifice of security. The balancing point is proportionality.

In a current appeal of a high-profile murder conviction, lawyers are arguing that evidence based on the accessing of old phone records should theor(...)

Lawyers, privacy activists, academics and other experts meet to discuss issues around digital privacy at the inaugural Digital Rights Europe conference in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Thinkstock

Social media is increasingly being used by police authorities and citizens are essentially being used as tools to enable their own surveillance, a con(...)

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(...)