Max Schrems was listed as a key speaker at the conference in Brussels, which has now been cancelled due to the security alert. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

A major privacy conference due to be held in central Brussels next week has been cancelled due to the ongoing security alert. The annual European dat(...)

Data privacy: many of the technology tools we use today are showing themselves to be insufficient for protecting our information

Debates about privacy frequently are debates about the role of technology in our lives, according to Trevor Hughes, the president and chief executive (...)

A Google employee demonstrates  Google Glass. Photograph: Angel Navarrete/Bloomberg

After sitting through days of presentations, discussion panels and keynotes last week at the world’s largest security industry gathering, I cam(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel wants to have European data managed within Europe, by European firms subject to more stringent EU data protections. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

Organisations are grappling with how to address concerns about privacy in the wake of dat(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes told the IAPP Data Protection Congress in Brussels that under new proposals, he would not be able to take complaints from Irish citizens about companies with their main establishment elsewhere. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Data Protection Commissioner would no longer be able to take complaints from Irish citizens about companies such as mobile phone providers whic(...)

Attendees wear Google Glass while posing for a group photo during the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco last May. In some cases, governments themselves are responding to privacy worries. Last week, Brazil changed its proposed data-protection law to require that citizen data be hosted within Brazil, prompting complaints from Facebook and Google. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

For businesses, the twin issues of data privacy and protection have never had a higher profile. International data surveillance concerns for individua(...)

What worries the US most, of all the elements in the proposed data protection regulation from Brussels? There must be plenty of concern: (...)