A High Court judge has asked the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) to determine the validity or otherwise of European Commission decisions approving EU(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon wants a ruling on the validity of the European Commission’s decisions approving standard contractual clauses before finalising her decision on Max Schrems’s complaint. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The High Court will rule next week on an action by the Data Protection Commissioner with potentially enormous implications for EU-US trade and the pri(...)

Facebook agreed with the US that the court should have regard to the information about the data-collection restrictions. Photograph: Reuters

The Data Protection Commissioner has told the High Court new restrictions on collection of some personal data by the US National Security Agency have (...)

A satellite dish is seen in the former monitoring base of the National Security Agency  in Bad Aibling, south of Munich. Photograph: Reuters

The National Security Agency may have unintentionally collected as many as 56,000 emails of Americans per year between 2008 and 2011 in a programme th(...)

Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith: “We believe the US constitution guarantees our freedom to share more information with the public, yet the government is stopping us. Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

Anyone who thinks there isn’t a market for privacy needs only to look at the festering tensions evident between companies named in Edward Snowden’s(...)

EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding, with Minister for Justice Alan Shatter and   US attorney general Eric Holder in Dublin. Ms Reding said: “The Europeans won’t let this go. They want to know clearly what has really been going on.” Photograph:  Department of The Taoiseach via Getty Images

As the European Parliament sunk its teeth yesterday afternoon into the subject of US government surveillance activities – in particular new claims by (...)