Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Sundar Pichai of Google and Tim Cook of Apple are sworn in. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/ Pool/EPA

Testifying last week before a US congressional antitrust committee, the chief executives of four of the world’s largest technology companies – Google,(...)

People can now travel to green list countries if they are on the pandemic unemployment payment, or other forms of unemployment assistance. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

What happened on Wednesday morning? Firstly, the Government U-turned. Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys confirmed saying that those on (...)

Some 104 individuals had the payment stopped in the past two weeks following checks at airports. Photograph: Kate Geraghty

The “vast majority” of people who had their €350 pandemic unemployment payment (PUP) stopped as a result of travelling abroad, were “leaving the count(...)

  Passengers at Dublin Airport prepare to fly to various locations on July 1st.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Passengers from non-green list countries should prove they have tested negative for coronavirus before travelling here, State airports company DAA wil(...)

New rules mean people travelling may lose benefits and must be ‘genuinely seeking work’. Photograph: iStock

What the PUP is going on? Quite. Let’s start at the beginning: The Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) is the €350 a week enhanced social welfare ben(...)

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties says  there are “serious” privacy  concerns about the underlying technology on Android phones. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties says that there are “serious concerns” about the underlying technology on Android phones for the HSE’s Covid-19 (...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly launches the official HSE Covid Tracker contact tracing app at the Department of Health in Dublin on July 7th. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

There was a moment in recent weeks when it seemed as if Ireland’s contact tracing app would never arrive. Intended to be a weapon in the State’s ars(...)

 The Government’s Covid-19 tracker app has been criticised for failing to ensure the full protection of users’ data and offering ‘no clear evidence’ that it will accurately detect close contacts with the disease. Illustration: Getty

The Government’s Covid-19 tracker app has been criticised for failing to ensure the full protection of users’ data and offering “no clear evidence” th(...)

The Health Service Executive has published the Data Protection Impact Assessment and has also published the source code. Illustration: Getty

The Health Service Executive has published key design and data privacy documents ahead of the launch of its Covid-19 tracker app. It is anticipated t(...)

As of last Tuesday, gardaí had used their enforcement powers 289 times. During the June bank holiday weekend, only six enforcement actions were taken. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Gardaí no longer have the power to enforce the movement restrictions laid out in the emergency coronavirus legislation introduced by the Government. (...)

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