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(...)

Austrian data activist Max Schrems’s lawsuit against Facebook, whose European headquarters is in Dublin, has seen suggestions made that the Irish Data Protection Commissioner may be deliberately underfunded. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Do multinational technology companies come to Ireland because they believe it has a “lax” data protection environment and a deliberately underfunded O(...)

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(...)

Austrian law student   Max Schrems: the case heard on Tuesday originates in an action brought by him against the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, in which he asserted the commission should have taken more substantial action when he filed a complaint over Facebook’s handling of his data. Photograph:   Dieter Nagl/AFP/Getty Images

On Tuesday, the European Court of Justice heard an Irish case – referred from the High Court – that could have profound implications for international(...)

Dublin couple Patrick and Roseann McLaughlin have lost their Supreme Court appeal against a ruling that Bank of Scotland Plc was entitled to recover some €4 million from them. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A couple have lost their Supreme Court appeal against a decision that Bank of Scotland Plc was entitled to recover some €4 million from them arising f(...)

Data privacy activist Max Schrems told the National Data Protection Conference that data protection will move away from regulators and become a civil legal matter as it is the ‘only way to get results’. File photograph: Collins

Privacy complaints may move away from data protection regulators in favour of people taking civil legal actions because that is the “only way to get r(...)

The European Central Bank has “always been convinced that OMTs are legally sound and in line with our mandate”. Photographer: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

Plans for a quantitative easing programme for the euro zone received a significant boost yesterday, after the European Union’s highest court said th(...)

The Data Protection Commissioner is investigating 18 complaints from people in Ireland whose requests to be “forgotten” online have been rejected by Google.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The Data Protection Commissioner is investigating 18 complaints from people in Ireland whose requests to be “forgotten” online have been rejected by G(...)

Google has declined to say how many requests for the removal of links have been received from residents in Ireland.

Google has removed links to an ‘Irish Times’ report on a Dutch teenager who was detained by German police this summer while en route to Syria. It is t(...)

The European Court of Justice ruling, on a dispute between Skandia America Corporation, a US arm of the international insurer, and the Swedish tax authority, means that services supplied between a group’s headquarters and its branches are set to be subject to VAT. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Banks and insurers in Europe are bracing themselves for extra VAT bills that could potentially run into billions of euro, following an unexpected deci(...)