Margrethe Vestager does have an official Facebook page, an online diary of her life as the EU’s competition commissioner, one of the biggest jobs in Brussels.  Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

Margrethe Vestager, the world’s most powerful regulator of tech companies, does not have a personal Facebook account. She decided to stay off the site(...)

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(...)

Not only does the final “Privacy Shield” use the exact same wording on mass surveillance laws as Safe Harbor, the US now even admits that it will continue to collect personal data stemming from Europe in bulk.

The European Union’s data protection laws are intended to ensure that we can entrust personal data to our devices and online services without fear of(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has urged all Irish MEPs to vote for a new counterterrorism law at a key vote in the European Parliament(...)

Max Schrems’s  case prompted the European Court of Justice decision over the Safe Harbour agreement. Photograph: Collins Courts

Hooray! Transatlantic transfers of digital data are once again safe to continue, thanks to a new deal between the EU and US called EU-US Privacy Shiel(...)

Children will need approval from their parents to open accounts on social media

Children will require permission from their parents to open accounts on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat following an EU a(...)

 Safe Harbour data arrangement with Facebook and other US tech giants is an “illusion”, according to Marit Hansen, data protection regulator for Germany’s northern state of Schleswig-Holstein. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

German data protection regulators have attacked their Irish colleagues for placing “blind trust” in Facebook’s promises that it processed EU citizen (...)

Minister for Data Protection Dara Murphy said that while Ireland would have preferred stronger filters to reduce and qualify what type of cases could be taken to an appeal board, he was happy with the two-year review clause in the proposal.  Photograph: Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

Negotiations between European Union member states and the European Parliament will begin as early as next week ahead of sweeping new data-protection(...)

The German public is acutely conscious of data privacy issues, as this  carnival float with a  caricature representing Google and Facebook in a Duesseldorf parade highlights. Photograph: Ina Fassbender

Germany is double-dealing on European data regulations, according to negotiators on a new EU regulation, by demanding high privacy standards in publi(...)

Companies face massive fines of up to €100 million under the proposed new data protection regulation currently being debated by the European Parliament. A committee of MEPs last night voted in favour of a draft that will now be the subject of negotiations with the European Council.

Companies such as Google, Facebook and Apple - which have their European headquarters in Ireland - may be forced to seek clearance from data protectio(...)