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 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 (...)

Max Schrems: The default for a site should be for third-party data-gathering to be turned off – “Most of the companies still have everything on.” Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty

Small companies face excessive fines under Europe’s new data privacy law. It’s not a view you would expect to hear from privacy activist Max Schrems b(...)

GDPR  is a new EU regulation that updates and harmonises how data is gathered, processed, stored and used across the bloc

You can thank Brussels if your in-box is soon less clogged than usual with spam. Above all you can thank Jan-Philipp Albrecht, a boyish Green Party M(...)

Members of the Garda Armed Support Unit: public safety and the potential for State security to become too powerful are both valid discussion points. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

In 2008, police in Cambridge took the curious step of reintroducing whistles for its officers. An antiquity of policing, these pre-1970s fixtures were(...)

The storm isn’t passing for Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. Photograph: Reuters

Facebook might have felt the worst was over. Chief executive and chairman Mark Zuckerberg concluded a gruelling two-day appearance before US Congressi(...)

Hours after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg concluded his testimony before US politicians, his social network’s seven-year legal marathon in Ireland is entering its latest round before the Commercial Court. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Hours after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg concluded his testimony before US politicians, his social network’s seven-year legal marathon in Ireland (...)

Last week, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton had a message for Facebook users following the Cambridge Analytica events. He tweeted: “It is time. #delete(...)

Haven is designed first and foremost to detect snooping, or as the developers put it: “for unexpected guests and unwanted intruders”

Thanks to Edward Snowden, The Guardian Project, and the Freedom of the Press Foundation, the Haven app transforms your old smartphone into a security (...)

Online surveillance: section 702’s possible renewal will present serious difficulties unless clear protections are  introduced for EU data.

Last week, the US House of Representatives followed in the footsteps of the Senate earlier this month, and voted to extend the deeply controversial se(...)

 The bill reauthorises what is known as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which gathers information from foreigners overseas but incidentally collects an unknown amount of communications belonging to Americans. File photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

The US Senate on Thursday passed a Bill to renew the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance programme for six years with minima(...)

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