The US supreme court has been asked by the US government to decide a case involving efforts by law enforcement to access emails held on a Microsoft server in Dublin. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

The United States government has appealed to its own Supreme Court in a case involving US law enforcement’s efforts to gain access to emails held on M(...)

Donald Trump’s nominee for FBI director Christopher Wray headed the department of justice’s criminal division during the Enron scandal. Photograph: Stephen Jaffe/AFP/Getty Images

Christopher Wray, Donald Trump’s nominee for FBI director, headed the department of justice’s criminal division during the Enron scandal. If confirmed(...)

Candidates for the Fine Gael leadership Minister for Housing Simon Coveney  and Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The day after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) changed the header on its website hom(...)

Police officers holding riot shields: Facebook, its Instagram unit and rival Twitter came under fire last year from privacy advocates  after  a report revealed that police were using location data and other user information to spy on protesters. Photograph: Bloomberg

Facebook has barred software developers from using the social network giant’s data to create surveillance tools, closing off a process that had been e(...)

Flymo: “The 500-watt engine should be all the power you need, and the 12m cable was plenty long enough for Pricewatch.”
Value for Money: Grass trimmers

Challenge Grass Trimmer €22.99 This was the cheapest of the electric trimmers we found (it was even cheaper than the common or garden shears) and, at (...)

White House adviser Steve Bannon listens as Donald Trump addresses business leaders at a White House meeting on January 23th. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The old cliche “the customer is king” is about to be tested as never before. All over the world there is a growing and concerted pushback from consume(...)

The Data Protection Commissioner, Helen Dixon, has provisionally found that Max Schrems, an Austrian citizen, had “well-founded” objections to Facebook’s transfer of his data. Photograph: AFP

US surveillance law is “extremely permissive” and allows “extraordinary access” to the private data of non-US citizens worldwide, a US attorney has to(...)

Jeff Sessions has become the top law enforcement officer in the US as attorney general. File photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

Alabama senator Jeff Sessions has been confirmed as the new US attorney general, despite fierce Democratic opposition over his record on civil rights (...)

The case stems from a June 2013 complaint by Austrian lawyer Max Schrems to the Commisisoner alleging Facebook Ireland’s transfer of his personal data to the US was unlawful.

A major action by the Data Protection Commissioner aimed at having the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) decide if transatlantic data tran(...)

Embracing change: Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga in Loving

Let us first clarify what Loving is not. Following its premiere at Cannes, Jeff Nichols’s singular treatment of the case that helped dismantle the US(...)

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