Viviane Reding

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Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook. Documents seen by the Observer reveal how she and others in Facebook lobbied then-taoiseach Enda Kenny and government representatives on GDPR, taxation policy and the pending appointment of a data protection commissioner. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Facebook’s past efforts to lobby the Irish government and influence policy and decision-making were again on show last week in a front page story in l(...)

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(...)

The European Commission has proposed scrapping time limits to next year’s abolition of mobile phone roaming charges following criticism of its initial plan. Photograph: iStockphoto

The European Commission has proposed scrapping time limits to next year’s abolition of mobile phone roaming charges following criticism of its initial(...)

MEPs voting in Strasbourg on Thursday Photograph: Reuters

The European Parliament has voted through tougher rules on data protection, aimed at boosting privacy and giving authorities greater powers to take ac(...)

A young woman in Halloween costume speaks on her phone. A complete ban on roaming charges in the EU will take effect on June 15th, 2017. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Roaming charges are finally to be banned across the EU but mobile phone users will have to wait until the middle of June 2017 before they can use thei(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (right) speaks to Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban before the Eastern Partnership summit session in Riga, on May 22nd. Mr Juncker smilingly greeted Mr Orban with the words: “Hello dictator”. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

It was a quick one-liner, delivered tongue-in-cheek but loud enough for the assembled media to hear. As Jean-Claude Juncker greeted leaders at the Eas(...)

Minister of State Dara Murphy has strongly defended Ireland’s record on data protection, pointing out that the IDPC has undertaken a number of “tough audits” of Facebook. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

European Union ministers agreed to the creation of a pan-European data-protection body on Friday despite concerns from Ireland, the UK and the Neth(...)

Viviane  Reding MEP, a former European Commission vice-president, said it was now “urgent” for the commission to align the VAT rates for books and ebooks. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

“A book is an ebook is a #book!” tweeted Viviane Reding MEP in the wake of a European Court of Justice ruling that sided with the European Commission (...)

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(...)

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