Facebook’s representation, dating back to Enda Kenny’s time as taoiseach, came as efforts were being made to overhaul data privacy laws across the EU. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Facebook pressed the government to increase funding to the State’s data watchdog to push back at French, Spanish and German regulators opposed to maki(...)

Private DNA research, especially on national populations, remains highly controversial

The private Irish genome research company GMI, which has ambitious (and alarming) plans to gather DNA from 400,000 Irish people, is back in the news. (...)

Former Sunday Independent editor Anne Harris says she was told by INM management that her emails were accessed in 2013 as part of an investigation into a leak. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Data Protection Commission is examining voluntary disclosures received as part of its investigation into the alleged removal of data from the emai(...)

In the dark? Facebook’s chief operating office Sheryl Sandberg. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Is Ireland capable of regulating Facebook? Right now, Facebook doesn’t even seem to be under the full control of its own executive team. The New York(...)

 Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. Legislators globally must better regulate, and split apart, a company with such massive power over data, and therefore, over nations, citizens and the democratic process. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Yet another scandal has enveloped Facebook. This time, the problematical issues do not involve data mismanagement, privacy concerns or election meddli(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe introducing the budget in Leinster House.

Below is the full statement of the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe announcing the budget to the Dáil on Tuesday(...)

Len O’Hagan.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Claims that Independent News & Media (INM) was “entirely unaware” of the issues underlying allegations of a data breach at the company are challen(...)

No sensitive personal data such as customers’ payment data, bank details or passwords was involved in the data breach, Harvey Norman said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Home and lifestyle retailer Harvey Norman has apologised to customers after suffering a data breach through the systems of a third-party website servi(...)

By taking legal actions against Facebook that opened up badly-needed international debate, and spurred the enacting of new privacy laws, Austrian lawy(...)

 Privacy activist Max Schrems at Trinity College with  Dr Nora Ní Loideain, director  in information law and policy at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ireland’s “insanely high” legal fees could threaten court actions against large online companies that can continue to appeal decisions, Austrian data (...)

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