What makes use of computer  and call data any different to a search warrant on a house? Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Powers that allow access to mobile phone and internet data are essential in the fight against crime a Garda member working for Interpol has said. Det(...)

Bodies such as Gsoc apparently can gain access, outside the constraints intended in the original legislation, by sloppy back-door means that enable third-party investigations.

Today is European Data Protection Day. A good day, then, to grade the Government on its performance in this area. Unfortunately, Ireland earns a dep(...)

Digital Rights Ireland  is currently challenging the retention of data by telecoms companies in Ireland. Photograph: Jeff Chiu/AP Photo

The powers of the Garda and other investigative State agencies to access data retained by telephone and internet service providers will come to an end(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said the review would be completed within three months. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A review into the accessing of journalists’ telephone and internet records was not extended to the public because it would have taken too long, Minist(...)

Digital privacy became a truly dominant international concern this year with high-profile breaches including the Ashley Madison website. Photograph: Reuters/Mark Blinch

In the first week of January this year, I began the new year with a prediction. “Privacy will be a big issue in 2015. In Ireland as well as internati(...)

The Digital Rights Ireland case challenging the State’s data retention law comes before the High Court again on Monday.

A landmark legal challenge to the State’s legislation requiring the retention of the phone and internet records of all individuals for up to two years(...)

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(...)