The ECJ has said music industry bodies may seek court orders to force  wifi hotspot operators to increase security measures on their networks in a bid to stop music being  downloaded illegally. Photograph: Getty Images

Music industry bodies may seek court orders to force the operators of free wifi hotspots to protect their networks with a password and to ask users f(...)

Don Tapscott: “If I send you €100 it’s really important that I don’t still have the money and that I can’t send it to somebody else.” Photograph: Ana Grillo

For a long time, people have missed the blockchain wood for the bitcoin trees. But the father-and-son writing team of Don and Alex Tapscott are bettin(...)

Austrian lawyer Max Schrems (above), whose complaint over the validity of existing data transfer channels has been provisionally deemed by Commissioner Helen Dixon to be “well-founded”.

A draft finding by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner that existing EU-US data transfer channels are invalid could, if upheld by the European cour(...)

 Austrian Max Schrems  complained Facebook Ireland was transferring his data via SCCs to servers located in the US, where it was being processed, without ensuring sufficient protection for it as required under the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU.

The US government has said the Irish Data Protection Commissioner’s action querying the validity of the main channels being used for EU-US data transf(...)

 Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Digital Rights Ireland and a US-based civil liberties group want to be joined to a pending data protection case which could have huge international im(...)

Decision comes following security and privacy blips

The Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp has just announced full end-to-end encryption. What’s up with this and what does it mean for its one bil(...)

Apple has refused to unlock the iPhone. Photograph: Bloomberg

For weeks, the US government has said that the only way to open an iPhone used by a gunman in a mass shooting was to get Apple’s help, a position that(...)

Cryptographers wait for their panel to begin at the RSA Conference Photograph: The New York Times Service

An “irresolvable tension” often exists between the desire of government bodies to collect and use personal data, and the need to adequately protect th(...)

Edge Products: company was fined $500,000 over their devices for diesel pick-up trucks. Photograph: Isaac Brekken/NYT

In October, officials gave auto enthusiasts who want to beef up their car’s performance the right to tinker with vehicle software without incurring th(...)

In 2007, Stephanie Lenz posted a brief video on YouTube of her 13-month-old baby bouncing up and down to a Prince song that was playing in the background on her stereo

A Pennsylvania mother’s refusal to remove a 29-second YouTube video of her baby dancing to a Prince song has strengthened the ability of internet user(...)

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