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(...)

Billy Hawkes: said Google’s policy of notifying news publishers about links it had removed led to the news publishers flag the articles and give them to a burst of publicity. Photograph: Eric Luke

Google’s interpretation of the European Court of Justice’s “right to be forgotten” ruling is prejudicing the intention of the court, the State’s da(...)

The original complaint, taken by Austrian law student Max Schrems (above) against Irish Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes (below), argues that the DPC took the wrong decision in refusing to investigate whether Schrems’s Facebook data was given adequate protection

Trade between companies in the United States and Europe could end up a casualty of a Facebook data lawsuit referred by the Irish High Court to the (...)

Karen Millen on Grafton Street, Dublin. The High Court ruled in 2008 that Dunnes, in offering for sale a black knit top and blue and brown shirts, infringed Karen Millen’s rights to unregistered community design under European regulations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The lengthy legal battle between British fashion company Karen Millen and Dunnes Stores over the copying of designs has finally concluded with the dis(...)

Last June, Austrian law student Max Schrems wrote to the Data Protection Commissioner asking him to investigate the transfer of EU citizens’ data by D(...)

Internet search engine operators such as Google must remove links to outdated personal data from their results pages, the European Court of Justice ruled yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Justin Lane

Google and other US internet groups are braced for a blizzard of requests from European citizens demanding that sensitive personal information be remo(...)