Happy Data Protection Day. Or is it?

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent @willgoodbody Happy Data Protection Day! Yes, today is the 8th Council of Europe Data Protection Day. The anniversary of the opening for signature of the Council of Europe’s 1981 Data Protection Convention, which Ireland signed in 1986. A day for celebration, for sure. Or is it? Well on some levels, perhaps yes. We are fortunate to have a data protection framework at national and European level to enshrine our privacy rights in law. …

IMF says structural reforms are key for growth

by Sean Whelan, Economics Correspondent The IMF has just published a new book by a number of its staffers called “Jobs and Growth : supporting the European Recovery”. Christine Lagarde, the IMF’s managing director, identifies three priorities – a better way of running the Euro Area economy, product and labour market reforms (as usual), and debt reduction – starting in the household and corporate sectors and, later on, reducing the states debt level as well. That sequencing is important.  And …