The judgment in the Digital Rights Ireland case – in which the court threw out the existing EU Data Retention Directive – was a sweeping defence of human rights.

For a long time, the biggest European thorns in the sides of multinational technology companies were the European Commission’s competition and tax aut(...)

An industry insider said the big question was “whether Revenue can get away with not enforcing” the ECJ ruling on insurers and VAT

It was something no one wanted to hear and so everyone stuck their heads in the sand. The unwelcome news was a judgment from the European Court of Jus(...)

Consumers face another increase in premiums for home and motor insurance after a European Court of Justice ruling.

Consumers face another increase in premiums for home and motor insurance after a European Court of Justice ruling. The court ruled in a Polish case t(...)

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 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(...)

Austrian Max Schrems, whose complaint to the Irish Data Protection Commissioner about his personal data being made available by Facebook to US intelligence services, will now be investigated by the commissioner.  Photograph: John Thysjohn thys/AFP/Getty Images

The Data Protection Commissioner has agreed to investigate a complaint by Austrian student Max Schrems alleging Facebook Ireland is making his persona(...)

Unforeseen technical problems are part and parcel of the daily business of an air carrier and as such could not be deemed “extraordinary”. Photograph: REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

There were developments in September in relation to the European Law obligation on airlines to pay compensation where a flight is delayed or (...)

European Union  data protection supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli. Photograph: European Parliament

A ruling by Europe’s top court invalidating certain data transfers to the US is a “signal from the EU” that citizens’ data must be respected, the Euro(...)

Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems has performed an important service to Irish and European consumers that deserves acknowledgment. Yesterday’s rul(...)

VFI chief executive Padraig Cribben: “The abuse and misuse of cheap alcohol being sold by supermarkets that sell alcohol as a loss leader needs to be urgently tackled, regardless of the measure.”

The Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI) has urged Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to push ahead with plans to introduce a ban on below-cost selling(...)