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“Of course Facebook would go to a country with the lowest levels of data protection. It’s natural they would choose Ireland”: German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection, Peter Schaar speaking to New York Times in 2015

The State does not have a good reputation for data protection. In 2015 the former German federal commissioner for data protection, Peter Schaar, put i(...)

Abortion Referendum posters on a pedestrian bridge on the Stillorgan Road in 2002. Photograph: David Sleator

Holding multiple referendums on the same day could see many individual proposals getting little or no attention, a leading political scientist has war(...)

In almost every regard the Irish system fails to meet standards articulated in a number of recent judgments by the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice. Photograph: iStock

It’s not every day that a Minister for Justice issues a report describing their department as operating a universal, indiscriminate and illegal system(...)

While authorities may push ahead with plans which ignore concerns about privacy and data protection, the law will eventually catch up with them, usually at significant cost to the taxpayer.

The growth of the public services card as a de facto national ID card has attracted a lot of media attention recently, with special credit due to Elai(...)

Asylum seekers Protest in Waterford in 2014.  Picture: Patrick Browne

The Supreme Court ruled last week in favour of a Burmese asylum seeker who challenged the legislative provisions that prohibited him from seeking work(...)

US-led forces have targeted Isis social media “experts” and strategists, such as the drone killing last  August  of Isis second-in-command, Syrian-born Abu Muhammad al-Adnani in  Aleppo. Photograph: Youtube/Getty Images

No organisation continues to commit the time, people, and money that the so-called Islamic State has put into its online media campaign over the last(...)

The dome of the US Capitol is seen behind the smokestacks of the only coal-burning power plant in Washington, DC. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

After months of keeping the world guessing, Donald Trump has finally announced his decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change. H(...)

Garda Commissioner Noirin O Sullivan.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government has agreed the scope of the root and branch review into An Garda Síochána and the panel which will oversee it. It was also agreed that(...)

A total of 50 groups have written to home secretary Amber Rudd calling on her to reverse a policy they believe is “beyond basic morality”. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Twenty organisations in Northern Ireland are calling on the British government to end its “harmful refugee policy” after it emerged residency in the U(...)

Mr Flanagan said he detected shifts in attitudes in both the UK and the rest of the EU bloc ahead of Brexit negotiations. Photograph Niall Carson/PA Wire

Divorce talks between the European Union and the United Kingdom must not be allowed to get “bogged down” at the outset with a dispute over the size o(...)

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