We are more cynical about tech company claims, less inclined to believe their excuses or tolerate their repeated apologies. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

No matter how you look at it, 2018 was a game-changing year for data privacy, because of you, the general public. You began to ask questions and deman(...)

When MEPs meet up in Strasbourg next week the latest instalment of a bitter, legislative clash will play out over an important attempt to craft copyri(...)

We already see applications of  intelligent technology on our smartphones with digital assistants, machine translation and face recognition, but this is only the very start

The industrial revolution was a major turning point in history. Until the advent of steam engine technology, economic growth and wealth-creation were (...)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg  at the European Parliament in Brussels: “We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibilities.” Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Facebook’s Irish HQ is a testament to the company’s commitment to Europe where it will employ 10,000 people by the end of 2018 – up from 7,000 today, (...)

GDPR  is a new EU regulation that updates and harmonises how data is gathered, processed, stored and used across the bloc

You can thank Brussels if your in-box is soon less clogged than usual with spam. Above all you can thank Jan-Philipp Albrecht, a boyish Green Party M(...)

Alphabet’s worldwide ad sales increased to $31.1bn, above the average analysts’ estimate of $30.3bn. Photograph: Getty Images

Google owner Alphabet reported first-quarter sales and profit on Monday that topped financial analysts’ estimates as it achieved better pricing on ads(...)

Facebook is moving 1.5 billion members in Africa, Asia, Australia and Latin America out of reach of Facebook Ireland as GDPR rules on data protection come into force. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

If Europe’s new GDPR law restricting what companies can do with people’s online data went into effect tomorrow, almost 1.9 billion Facebook users arou(...)

Veiled demonstrators hold photographs of those killed at Sandy Hook elementary school during the March for Our Lives in New York last weekend, which was largely organised on Facebook and Twitter. Photograph: Todd Heisler/New York Times

I don’t need to tell you that something is wrong with social media. You’ve probably experienced it yourself. Maybe it’s the way you feel while scrolli(...)

Silhouette of laptop user is seen next to a screen projection of Apple logo. Apple has released a software update across all platforms to bring its services fully into line with the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) rules.  PHOTOGRAPH: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Apple says the objective of the EU’s new data privacy rules “align with the company’s privacy values”. The company was commenting as it releases a so(...)

Cloud-based services, where infrastructure is basically rented, may become appealing if the security of the infrastructure helps to mitigate risk under GDPR.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will come into effect in all European Union member states in two months’ time, represents a drama(...)

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