In its challenge, Facebook claims the Data Protection Commissioner failed to conduct an inquiry before it reached its draft decision. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Bloomberg

Facebook Ireland’s legal challenge aimed at quashing a draft decision by the Data Protection Commission (DPC) that data transfers to its US parent sho(...)

The European Commission decided in August 2016 that the US tech giant owed Ireland €13 billion in back taxes. Photograph:  Reuters

It’s the court case no one in Ireland really wanted any part of, but they will all gather in Luxembourg next week as the European Union’s second-highe(...)

Apple Sales International paid less than €10 million of corporate tax in Ireland in 2011.

There wasn’t even a brass plate in Dublin to identify Apple Sales International. Or at least the court papers do not record it. The “head office” of o(...)

A general view of the entrance of the Court of Justice of European Union. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Anti-Brexit campaigners have won a small but significant victory in the EU courts by getting a non-binding opinion that the UK should be able to withd(...)

The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that the dynamic IP address of a website visitor constituted personal data if a website operator had the legal means allowing it to identify the visitor with additional information held by the ISP. Photograph: Thinkstock

In a judgment described by legal experts as having huge implications for privacy, the Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that online id(...)

The ECJ has said music industry bodies may seek court orders to force  wifi hotspot operators to increase security measures on their networks in a bid to stop music being  downloaded illegally. Photograph: Getty Images

Music industry bodies may seek court orders to force the operators of free wifi hotspots to protect their networks with a password and to ask users f(...)

Digital Rights Ireland is to ask the High Court to refer questions about the independence of the Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon to the Court of Justice of the European Union. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The High Court is to be asked to make a referral to the EU’s highest court for a ruling on whether Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner is truly in(...)

Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy questioned whether advice to Ministers on the sharing of citizens’ data was “flawed”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government is not compliant with a recent significant ruling by Europe’s top court that affects the sharing of citizens’ personal data between dep(...)