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European Commissioner for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship Viviane Reding: ‘The Americans, according to their law, have the right to ask all companies to hand out data on the basis of the Patriot Act. That is not possible under European law. So these companies are in a conflict. Do they obey the Americans? They are contrary to European law. Do they obey European law? Then they are contrary to American law.’ photograph:  Mac Innes Photography/Department of The Taoiseach via Getty Images

“The Europeans won’t let this go. They want to know clearly what has really been going on.”Sitting in one of the State apartments in Dublin Castle, th(...)

Why does Facebook bother to ask users for feedback if none of it is then applied to filter the advertisements one receives? Photograph: Thinkstock

I used to think it was just me: me and my belly fat. Well, me and select others whose information online, posts on social media sites, and choices of (...)

A decision that a defamatory YouTube video must be permanently removed from the internet should only be arrived at after a full trial, a High Court ju(...)

Maria Miller: says the Internet Watch Foundation has been asked to search for illegal and abusive images and block them. Photograph: Rosie Hallam/Getty Images

Internet companies such as Google are to do more to remove illegal child pornography from the web after an agreement with British culture secretary Ma(...)

Venus Williams: 33-year-old  struggled with back  problem during the clay-court season.

Five-time singles champion Venus Williams has pulled out of Wimbledon because of a back injury.The 33-year-old struggled with the problem during the c(...)

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How should I accessorise a dress for a wedding? A blazer seems too structured, and I think boleros are a bit naff, but I don’t want to be cold – or sh(...)

It is a news story reminiscent of a Philip K Dick novel: a secret data mining project by one of the world’s superpowers, covertly gathering and storin(...)

Facebook said it received between 9,000 and 10,000 US requests for user data in the second half of 2012. Photograph: Reuters

Facebook and Microsoft have struck agreements with the US government to release limited information about the number of surveillance requests they re(...)

Pro-democracy lawmaker Claudia Mo holds a letter to US president Barack Obama, beside a combination photo featuring Obama and Edward Snowden, at a news conference in Hong Kong yesterday in support of Snowden. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

The revelations by Edward Snowden about widescale US government surveillance are raising uncomfortable issues in Washington. But the former intelligen(...)

“Instead of using the Patriot Act, we should use the rules which have been drawn up. We have a formal channel, the MLA (Mutual Legal Assistance agreement),” EU vice-president Viviane Reding said in Dublin yesterday.  Photograph: Getty Images

The United States should use existing legal frameworks to request European citizens’ data for criminal and terrorist investigations, EU vice-president(...)

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