Social media



Twitter fined €450,000 following landmark watchdog inquiry

Ireland's data protection watchdog has imposed a €450,000 fine on Twitter following a landmark inquiry regarding a data breach.

Published 15 December 2020

Powers of proposed media regulator beefed up with multi-million euro fines and criminal offences

Social media companies will face fines of up to €20 million or 10 per cent of turnover, whichever is higher, for failing to comply with new online safety and media regulation laws.

Published 10 December 2020

Privacy campaigner Max Schrems takes on Apple over user-tracking

Apple is in breach of European privacy law by tracking iPhone users without their consent, privacy activist Max Schrems has said.

Published 17 November 2020

Austria: Supreme Court rules Facebook must remove comments defamatory of politician

The highest court in Austria has ruled that Facebook must remove all defamatory comments made about a politician who beat the social media giant in court.

Published 17 November 2020

Privacy watchdog to probe Instagram over children's data

Ireland's Data Protection Commission (DPC) has launched two inquiries into the processing of children's data by Instagram, part of Facebook Ireland Limited.

Published 19 October 2020

Facebook plays down suggestions it will leave EU over data transfer ban

Social media giant Facebook has played down suggestions that it will withdraw from Europe despite suggesting in an Irish court filing that it may have to.

Published 24 September 2020

Fashion blogger and influencer sues Facebook over identity of online trolls

A fashion blogger and social media influencer has launched High Court proceedings against Facebook in a bid to identify online trolls.

Published 21 August 2020

Paul Tweed representing Northern Data AG in social media case

Belfast lawyer Paul Tweed has been hired to represent German IT giant Northern Data AG in legal proceedings to be brought against Twitter in the Irish courts, according to reports.

Published 27 July 2020

Karolina Rozhnova: Over the rainbow – High Court orders Twitter to disclose information about parody account

William Fry trainee solicitor Karolina Rozhnova considers a recent case in which Twitter was ordered by the High Court to disclose information about a parody account.

Published 10 June 2020

Data protection watchdog announces progress in 'big tech' investigations

Ireland's data protection watchdog has reached significant milestones in separate investigations into Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook.

Published 27 May 2020

Plans for 'first-of-its-kind' online safety regulator published

Legislative plans to establish a "robust regulatory framework" to deal with the spread of harmful online content have been set out by the Government.

Published 10 January 2020

CMA report expresses concern over market position of Google and Facebook

A lack of real competition to tech giants Google and Facebook could mean people are already missing out on the next new idea from a potential rival, the Competition and Markets Authority has said in a new report.

Published 20 December 2019

Contempt of court proceedings against Facebook and Twitter struck out at Central Criminal Court

Contempt of court proceedings against Facebook and Twitter, where the identities of the two boys who murdered schoolgirl Ana Kriegel were shared, have been stuck out, despite the continuation of "alarming posts" online.

Published 25 November 2019

Rules regulating social media giants aim to be 'robust'

New rules governing social media companies based in Ireland aim to be "robust" and equip a media commission with “significant enforcement powers”, the Department of Communications has said.

Published 25 November 2019

Data protection watchdog warns social media giants likely to face significant fines

Social media giants including Facebook and Twitter are likely to face significant fines for misuse of personal data, Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon has warned.

Published 13 September 2019