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Google’s activities will place the Irish office of the Data Protection Commissioner under international scrutiny. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

Another week, another story demonstrating that big tech companies really don’t think you need to know how they surveil you – even as they deceptively (...)

CCTV cameras in Duleek, Co Meath.  File photograph: Alan Betson

The Department of Justice is continuing to provide funding to local authorities for community CCTV schemes despite the Data Protection Commissioner an(...)

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(...)

Austrian lawyer and privacy activist Max Schrems who has filed four complaints using  GDPR to challenge Facebook and Google  data collection policies and their take-it-or-leave-it approach to consent. Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

While the rest of us slept on Friday morning Max Schrems – the Austrian privacy campaigner, Facebook tormentor and Irish court loyalty cardholder – th(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon  was in Brussels for the first board meeting of the new European Data Protection Board (EDPB). Photograph: Dave Meehan

Google has notified Ireland’s data protection commissioner that she will be responsible for overseeing its European data privacy compliance. As the E(...)

Austrian lawyer and privacy activist Max Schrems displays his Facebook account’s updated terms page.  Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

In the wee hours of Friday morning Max Schrems – the Austrian privacy campaigner, Facebook tormentor and Irish court loyalty card holder – fired two s(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon: from Friday she will have attention-grabbing fines at her disposal. Photograph: Seán Breithaupt and Yvette Monahan/Getty Images

It has come a long way from having just 26 staff in an office next to a Centra in Portarlington but not far enough if the State’s personal-data protec(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon.Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Data Protection Commission has “a lot of work to do” to ensure social media giant Facebook meets European standards, according to agency’s head, H(...)

Organisations must obtain your data fairly. They must collect no more data than is necessary for the purposes for which they plan to use it

The biggest changes in European data-protection law in more than two decades take effect from Friday, May 25th, when the General Data Protection Regul(...)

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(...)

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