Dermot Desmond invested in cyber-security firm Vahna. Photograph: Eric Luke

There are few Irish investors better than Dermot Desmond at spotting the next big thing. His latest investment in Vahna, a cyber-security firm, comes (...)

Bruce Schneier: “So much surveillance is piggy-backed on corporate servers. I think it’s funny when someone like [Google chairman] Eric Schmidt is complaining about government surveillance.”

Renowned security expert Bruce Schneier is on the phone from a US airport, and there’s an awful lot of commotion going on in the background.A bleeping(...)

A new National Security Agency (NSA) data gathering facility is seen under construction in Bluffdale, about 40 kms south of Salt Lake City, Utah. Photograph:  Jimmy Urquhart/ Reuters)

IIU, the private equity firm led by financier Dermot Desmond, has invested in Vahna, a cyber-security firm. The United States company is led by Brenda(...)

In an unprecedented rebuke to the security policies of Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu (above), dozens of reserve soldiers have said they would no longer spy on Palestinians living under occupation. Photograph: Reuters/Nir Elias

Dozens of reserve soldiers from Israel’s top electronic surveillance unit say they will no longer spy on Palestinians living under occupation, in an u(...)

A frame from video released by the Islamic State   reportedly shows an IS militant shortly before he executed  American freelance journalist Steven Sotloff

Contacts between United States and Irish security forces have intensified over US efforts to monitor suspected jihadi fighters travelling to join t(...)

Russia has extended the residence permit of former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden by three years, his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena has said. Photograph: Wikileaks handout via EPA

Former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, wanted by the United States for leaking extensive secrets of its electronic surveillance programmes,(...)

Stephen Brobst: “I want to know every click and every search that led up to that purchase. . . interactions are orders of magnitude larger than the transactions. . . the interactions give you the behaviour.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Diversity always enhances a technology resumé, but Teradata chief technology officer Stephen Brobst brings an intriguingly eclectic mix to the tabl(...)

Microsoft, Grange Castle, in Dublin. Last week a judge ordered that Microsoft must turn over a customer’s emails that are stored. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The anonymous building on the outskirts of a sprawling industrial estate near Clondalkin may seem ordinary enough.But what lies inside is at the centr(...)

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 (...)

Edward Snowden participating, via a video link from Moscow, in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) hearing at the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg on June 24th 2014. Photograph: Council of Europe/EPA

The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has condemned the new surveillance bill being pushed through the British parliament this week, expressing concern(...)