Minister for Justice Helen McEntee said  the commissioner had assured her that the DPC operates ‘very much in line with the rules, regulations and legislation’ covering data privacy law in Europe. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has criticised Minister for Justice Helen McEntee for not launching an independent review of the function(...)

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

EU ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has opened an inquiry into the European Commission’s failure to act against the State over the pace of big tech investigat(...)

European justice commissioner Didier Reynders: “We are busy with the five waves for Covid, and I don’t know how many waves on the rule of law in Poland.” Photograph: Johanna Geron/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Brussels is poised to withhold more than €100 million from Poland to cover unpaid fines imposed by the EU’s top court, the justice commissioner has wa(...)

Data protection commissioner Helen Dixon has repeatedly  rejected criticisms while also seeking more resources from the Government. File photograph: The Irish Times

The State’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) has received a rare show of support from Brussels. Didier Reynders, the European Union’s commissioner for(...)

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(...)

Ireland is first among the 27 countries with 93 per cent vaccination coverage, according to new data. Photograph: iStock

Ireland has the highest vaccination coverage and among the lowest death rates from Covid-19 in the European Union, according to new data showing that (...)

Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and Twitter all have their European headquarters in Dublin, making Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) the lead EU regulator responsible for holding them to the law. Photograph: iStock

Ireland is failing to apply the EU’s privacy laws to US tech giants, with 98 per cent of 164 significant complaints about privacy abuses still unresol(...)

European Commission vice-president Vera Jourova has issued a warning to Poland. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

The European Commission has warned it may seek to impose fines on Poland if the EU member state refuses to comply with a ruling by the European Court (...)

The European Commission has released new travel recommendations ahead of the launch of the EU digital Covid certificate. Photograph: Scott McIntyre/The New York Times

All people who have been fully vaccinated against or have recently recovered from Covid-19 could be exempt from any quarantine or testing requirements(...)

Mock-up of a digital health passport app. Under the EU system, fully vaccinated people holding EU Digital Covid Certificates, will be exempt from quarantines and travel curbs. Photograph: iStock

EU member states, including the Republic, should start issuing Covid passports if possible before July 1st, the European Commission urged on Monday. (...)

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