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Google said the change would ‘help avoid the risk that any participant in our auctions is able to associate individual ad identifiers with Google’s contextual content categories’. Photograph: New York Times

Google has announced a significant change to its online advertising business that it said would enhance user privacy but which advertisers warned woul(...)

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai at St Patrick’s Girls National School, Cambridge Road, Ringsend, Dublin, recently. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai was in Dublin last week to announce a significant €1 million grant to children’s charity Barnardos, which will be(...)

Google’s own rules prohibit ad buyers from matching disparate profiles on the same user. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo/Reuters

Google is secretly using hidden web pages that feed the personal data of its users to advertisers, undermining its own policies and circumventing EU p(...)

‘Every single one of us can be profiled based on what they’re reading, watching, listening to.’ Photograph: Thomas Winz via Getty

Is your phone eavesdropping on your private conversations in order to send you targeted ads? No matter how many times the tech companies deny it – an(...)

The Data Protection Commission became Google’s lead data protection regulator under GDPR in late January this year. Photograph: Getty

The State’s data watchdog has opened its first investigation into Google to examine a suspected infringement of EU privacy rules covering the sharing (...)

Dr Johnny Ryan, speaking in a former role at The Irish Times, has filed a complaint against the Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe.

A formal complaint has been lodged with the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) against the main European lobbyist for the online advertising industry.(...)

The HSE was the worst performing of six national health service websites surveyed by eprivacy firm Cookiebot.

Users of Health Service Executive web pages about sensitive topics such as HIV, crisis pregnancy and cancer mortality are having their data “continuo(...)

A Google spokesewoman said: “We have strict policies that prohibit advertisers on our platforms from targeting individuals on the basis of sensitive categories such as race, sexual orientation, health conditions, pregnancy status, etc.” Photograph: iStock

The online advertising industry has rejected claims made to data protection authorities that it is targeting and profiling users based on categories o(...)

Personal data: official documents from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, the organisation that makes the rules for online ad auctions, reveal categories for targeting internet users include one titled “IAB7-28 Incest/Abuse Support”

New evidence of how ad auction companies, including Google, profile internet users based on sensitive personal information, including diseases and dis(...)

Trinity College’s incubator programme has produced 220 entrepreneurs that have raised €2.1 billion in private equity, said John Whelan, director of Blackstone LaunchPad and LaunchBox at TCD. Photograph: The Irish Times

Entrepreneurship has a place in modern universities, but should not be an overriding philosophy for how a university is run, according to a panel on F(...)

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