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(...)

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(...)