Karlin Lillington: Does Facebook ever go out of the news? It sure didn’t in 2021. Photograph: Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty

As 2021 winds to a close, allow me to offer a selection of the technology stories this year that I thought were the most significant. This is a highly(...)

The Data Protection Commission’s sclerotic approach to taking decisions rankles in the EU – and globally too. Photograph: Getty

The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) is clearly under siege. Negative global and Irish press coverage has accrued in recent weeks, alongside cri(...)

European ombudsman Emily O’Reilly. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A data privacy campaigner has complained to the European ombudsman about the EU’s failure to act against Ireland over the pace of big tech investigati(...)


Messaging platform WhatsApp has updated its privacy policy for European users after the record €225 million fine by the Irish privacy watchdog over tr(...)

The consent device, where cookies and other third party tracking are explained to online consumers, is the brainchild of IAB Europe, the association for digital marketing and advertising. Photograph: iStock

Almost every internet user contends with them but the current form of “I consent” cookie pop-ups may be approaching their last clicks. On Friday, the(...)

Any agreement among wealthy nations might be viewed as a major public statement and indication of how they propose to mesh their disparate digital trade and data flow regimes in a legally acceptable way.

G20, Cop26, G7 – in the past weeks, numbered nations have been gathering at numbered events, all of them emitting a constant stream of news.  Am(...)

Solicitors Simon McGarr and Fred Logue addressed the Oireachtas Committee on Children. File photograph: Alan Betson

A new law intended to legalise a person’s right to access birth certificates and information is incompatible with EU privacy law, an Oireachtas commit(...)

Former EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding thinks the union must reform GDPR and centralise regulation. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

One of the functional pillars of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – and one of its most controversial – is the one-stop-shop mechani(...)

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman said the term ‘birth mother’ is set to be dropped from legislation on adoption and tracing working its way through the Oireachtas. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Proposals on redress for survivors of mother and baby homes will go to Cabinet early in October, Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman has said. Mr(...)

The UK must still comply with GDPR to handle EU data

British ministers have taken to Twitter and television to tout a new UK consultation document on “proposed changes to the UK’s data landscape” which w(...)

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