Mark Hurd, co-president and co-chief executive officer of Oracle   speaks during the Oracle OpenWorld 2015 conference in San Francisco . Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

*US group Oracle scrambled to clarify its position yesterday after comments from a senior executive indicated that it was one of the first multination(...)

The site of Carrickmines Castle, in Co Dublin: the omission of any reference to its national monument status from the Carrickmines Conservation Plan highlights the urgent need for review of heritage policy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Thirteen years ago, a small, diverse group of concerned citizens called “Carrickminders” entered the site of the Carrickmines Castle, south Dublin. We(...)

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(...)

 Safe Harbour data arrangement with Facebook and other US tech giants is an “illusion”, according to Marit Hansen, data protection regulator for Germany’s northern state of Schleswig-Holstein. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

German data protection regulators have attacked their Irish colleagues for placing “blind trust” in Facebook’s promises that it processed EU citizen (...)

The advocate general of the European Court of Justice has said the mass transfer of EU user data to the US by companies such as Facebook contradicts E(...)

On Wednesday an adviser to the European Court of Justice will issue an opinion on a case which stems from a complaint filed by 27-year-old Austrian law student Max Schrems against Facebook with the Irish data protection commissioner. (Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)

A US-EU commercial data-sharing deal faces a major test on Wednesday when an adviser to the European Union’s top court will say whether he believes i(...)

A passenger waiting at George Best Belfast City airport. A court ruling could help passengers being denied compensation for flight delays in the EU if there is a technical problem. Photograph: PA

Few experiences are more boring or frustrating than hanging around an airport waiting for a flight that’s been delayed by several hours. For those tra(...)

Max Schrems on abandoning the challenge in Ireland: “I realised that, in the Irish court system, I wouldn’t be done in 25 years, it’s madness”

Privacy campaigner Max Schrems has told a Vienna court he abandoned his challenge to Facebook in Ireland and filed an Austrian civil suit instead to s(...)

Max Schrems has already taken on Facebook, where its international operation is based, and has a case involving Facebook ongoing at the European Court of Justice. Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

Facebook’s legal battles in Europe enter another round today when Vienna district court hears a civil suit filed against the US company by Austrian p(...)

A detective garda is seeking a High Court ruling on the validity of Ireland’s data retention laws. Photograph: Thinkstock

A detective garda is seeking a High Court ruling on the validity of Ireland’s data retention laws in a bid to halt his trial for giving false statemen(...)