Max Schrems

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Austrian lawyer and privacy activist Max Schrems said in High Court proceedings on Monday that his earlier complaint about Facebook’s data transfers had not been completed by the DPC. Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

Privacy and data rights activist Max Schrems has brought a High Court challenge aimed at halting the Data Protection Commissioner’s inquiry into Faceb(...)

Green tea Taoiseach Micheál Martin was sorely disappointed with Nphet but determined to move on in a renewed spirit of working together for the sake of the nation. File photograph: The Irish Times

Their approach to business may have been different but there was no doubt this week that the Taoiseach and Tánaiste were fuming over Sunday night’s le(...)

Facebook and Instagram have more than 400 million users in the EU and have about 25 million businesses that use apps provided by them. Photograph:  Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP

Facebook has significant concerns about its ability to deliver its services to its 400 million European users as a result of the Data Protection Commi(...)

The social network giant said it sought a judicial review of the Data Protection Commission’s preliminary decision. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Facebook sought to derail proposals by the Irish data protection watchdog that the tech giant warns could curb transfers of vast amounts of commercial(...)

Europe’s highest court in July ruled that the main transatlantic data transfer deal hammered out between Brussels and Washington – Privacy Shield – was invalid because of concerns about US surveillance. Photograph: AFP via Getty

The key mechanism used by Facebook to transfer data from the European Union to the United States “cannot in practice be used” for such transfers, acc(...)

Facebook was at the centre of both of Max Schrems’ Irish-originating complaints that have now produced decisive and far-reaching judgements from Europe’s highest court. Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

After the European Court of Justice (CJEU) handed down another major judgement two weeks ago in the “Schrems 2.0” data protection case, discussion has(...)

For the second time, a Facebook-related complaint that privacy campaigner Max Schrems initially took to the Irish Data Protection Commissioner has been adjudicated with sweeping effect in Europe’s highest court. Photograph: Christian Bruna/AFP via Getty Images

Once again, Austrian data protection and privacy campaigner Max Schrems has shaken the international business and political worlds. For the second tim(...)

This decision poses a shattering challenge to the data-centric business models of many companies, from social media platforms to advertising giants, which make their money by exploiting users’ personal data.

Thursday’s European Court of Justice (CJEU) decision on the second case brought by Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems was always going to be huge. (...)

Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems: “It is clear that the US will have to seriously change their surveillance laws, if US companies want to continue to play a major role on the EU market.” Photograph: Getty

Europe’s top court has declared an arrangement under which companies transfer personal data from the European Union to the US invalid due to concerns (...)

Privacy activist Max Schrems: Only the most myopic could argue the Trump administration has provided any ironclad assurances on protection for EU data. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A week from Thursday, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will hand down a decision in a critical, Irish-originating case that could potentially upend(...)

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