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(...)

Former  acting attorney general Sally  Yates: her stance was a good example of how actors in the constitutional structure of the US are allowed push back against a president’s executive orders. Photograph: Pete Marovich/Getty

With the election of Donald Trump, the resilience of the constitutional structures governing the US looks set to be put to the test. The president’s (...)

Protesters join a rally to oppose US president Donald Trump’s immigration ban in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, DC. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

The draft of an executive order from US president Donald Trump reportedly seeks to overhaul the work-visa programmes technology companies depend on to(...)

Patrick Collison, one of the co-founders of online payments firm Stripe, pledged to donate $50,000 to the ACLU on Twitter  after revealing his brother John had pledged $50,000 last December. File photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Stripe, the company co-founded by Irish billionaires Patrick and John Collision, has condemned US president Donald Trump’s immigration policies as “mo(...)

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