US and EU regulators should be blocking any such steps to further integrate Facebook’s three platforms. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images)

Public concern about online privacy has grown alongside the evidence that many technology companies and platforms require the large-scale surrender of(...)

File image of workers standing outside the Google offices in Dublin after walking out as part of a global protest over workplace issues. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

If I had to pick the most far-reaching and significant threat facing big technology companies in the future, I would not make an obvious choice. (...)

Ryanair flew into the pandemic with a relatively strong balance sheet. Photograph: Eric Luke

How do you weigh up the annus covidius horribilis of 2020 in words that don’t have to be asterisked? It was a year when a virus inflicted a brutal en(...)

Finally, we’ve arrived at the end of a long tech regulatory limbo, awaiting a first decision that might indicate how the Irish Data Protection Commiss(...)

‘We respect the commission’s decision,’ Twitter said in response. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty

Twitter has been fined €450,000 by the Data Protection Commission for a data breach, marking the first time the regulator has penalised a big tech com(...)

The Acts propose algorithm transparency (no more corporate ‘secret sauce’ algorithms taking, using and analysing personal data in invisible ways); and a phasing-out of targeted advertising. Photograph: Getty

Softly, softly, a set of proposed European Acts have crept on to the winter horizon with little fanfare – until recent weeks, when the pending draft p(...)

Back doors create an exploitable access point to data on the devices and networks most organisations and individuals use. And they increase opportunities for spying and hacking.

Loony notions about encryption are back on the discussion table in the EU (and Ireland). This does not bode well for any of us.  Encryption is t(...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he had met on Friday morning with groups involved in the mother-and-baby homes issue. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

There are no “obstacles or barriers” anticipated to publication of the report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation, which was hand(...)

“There simply isn’t time to reach a comprehensive free-trade agreement in services and a no-deal Brexit would mean limited ability for trade in services if occurring under World Trade Organisation rules.” Photograph: iStock

Brexit will hit trade in services between the Republic and UK irrespective of the outcome of current talks, according to all-island professional body (...)

Helen Dixon Data Protection Commissioner. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Data Protection Commissioner is getting more than €2 million extra next year, giving the digital privacy watchdog a tenfold increase in funding si(...)

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