“Anything that allows us to connect more people more often is de facto good,” the memo entitled “The Ugly” said. Photograph: Reuters

Facebook must pursue its aim of connecting people using “questionable” practices even if it costs lives, a company executive wrote in a 2016 memo leak(...)

Silhouette of laptop user is seen next to a screen projection of Apple logo. Apple has released a software update across all platforms to bring its services fully into line with the new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) rules.  PHOTOGRAPH: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Apple says the objective of the EU’s new data privacy rules “align with the company’s privacy values”. The company was commenting as it releases a so(...)

Part of the insidiousness of the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook story is that some people still firmly believe the revelations have nothing to do with t(...)

Facebook will allow individuals to explore their data  by category rather than via a data dump. Photograph: Reuters

Confused about what information you are giving away on Facebook? The social media giant is simplifying its privacy tools again, making them easier to (...)

A full-page newspaper advertisment, taken out by Mark Zuckerberg, the chairman  of Facebook, to apologise for the data privacy scandal. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland’s data protection commissioner says around 2,000 internet connections in Europe are linked to the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica data scandal in(...)

The Cambridge Analytica scandal has knocked more than $50bn off Facebook’s market value, and cost Zuckerberg himself about $7.4bn

It seems a long time ago now that Mark Zuckerberg – the Facebook chief executive and golden boy of Silicon Valley – was being talked about as a potent(...)

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Silicon Valley, California. Facebook has confirmed it plans to create hundreds of new jobs in Ireland next year. Photograph: Suzanne Lynch

In coaxing the tech masters of the universe into opening their international headquarters in Dublin, the State wrote them a blank cheque in reputation(...)

 Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg had been notably absent and officially silent on Facebook’s role in the Cambridge Analytica crisis  since the scandal broke. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Finally he spoke. Until Wednesday, Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg had been notably absent and officially silent on Facebook’s ro(...)

Alexander Nix, chief executive of Cambridge Analytica, arrives at the offices of Cambridge Analytica in London:  firm may have been frustrating the democratic process. Photograph: Henry Nicholls

Growing up in pre-internet Ireland, I was fascinated with a 20-volume edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica that lined the bottom row of the bookshe(...)

 Facebook’s corporate headquarters in Menlo Park, California: executives still saying sorry. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg’s apology for how his company handled 50 million users’ data did little on Thursday to ease investor worries (...)

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