Max Schrems

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Data mining: It’s hard to think of anything you can do these days – online or off – that doesn’t leave a trail of data crumbs

Some 18 months after the first NSA revelations by Edward Snowden, the outrage in Europe about US intelligence snuffling through our data has dropped f(...)

Across Europe citizens and governments are less enraptured with tech giants such as Google and Facebook. Photograph: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Ireland may welcome US silicon giants with open arms to its shores, but across Europe citizens and governments are less enraptured with tech giants su(...)

Minister for Data Protection Dara Murphy: “There’s a chance to cluster and have a best in class global data analytical centre of excellence on the island”

When Fine Gael TD Dara Murphy, was promoted by Taoiseach Enda Kenny to a ministerial role last July, the position had a special twist. As well as b(...)

Data privacy activist Max Schrems told the National Data Protection Conference that data protection will move away from regulators and become a civil legal matter as it is the ‘only way to get results’. File photograph: Collins

Privacy complaints may move away from data protection regulators in favour of people taking civil legal actions because that is the “only way to get r(...)

The campaigners are demanding that Facebook suspend data collection they say violate EU privacy law. Photograph: Karen Bleier/Getty

An Austrian privacy group’s battle against Facebook goes into the next round in April with the first hearing on a privacy complaint against the social(...)

Facebook has argued that 25,000 users of its social network who joined a class action lawsuit against the company’s data collection practices are not legally capable.

Facebook has argued that 25,000 users of its social network who joined a class action lawsuit against the company’s data collection practices are not (...)

A class-action civil suit against Facebook’s data collection practices has attracted over 20,000 co-complainants just five days after its launch. Photo: Reuters

A class-action civil suit against Facebook’s data collection practices has attracted over 20,000 co-complainants just five days after its launch. (...)

Lawsuit is open to all Facebook users outside of the US and Canada as they have a contract with Facebook International, based in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Privacy campaigner Max Schrems has launched a class-action lawsuit in Vienna against US social network Facebook’s data retention practices.Mr Schrems (...)

The original complaint, taken by Austrian law student Max Schrems (above) against Irish Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes (below), argues that the DPC took the wrong decision in refusing to investigate whether Schrems’s Facebook data was given adequate protection

Trade between companies in the United States and Europe could end up a casualty of a Facebook data lawsuit referred by the Irish High Court to the (...)

Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes: The risks involved in the site were “obvious”. Photograph: David Sleator

There were “obvious risks” associated with the availability of citizens’ personal data on the irishgenealogy.ie site, including the potential for ide(...)

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