Stories by Loek Essers

Google harms consumers by favoring its own services, study finds

Google's favoring of its own services in search results doesn't just harm competitors, it also harms consumers, according to research sponsored by a complainant in the EU antitrust trial against the company.

By Loek Essers | 29 June, 2015 23:18

Tags: yelp, antitrust, Google, legal

Google's foes have four weeks to comment on EU antitrust charges

The European Commission is almost ready to file final antitrust charges against Google: It has shared a redacted copy of charges with complainants and given them four weeks to provide additional evidence and comments.

By Loek Essers | 20 June, 2015 01:10

Tags: antitrust, Google, european commission, legal

EU Parliament committee moves copyright reform forward

The European Parliament's legal affairs committee is taking a strong stance against geo-blocking online content in a report on copyright reform that is largely in sync with the Commission, which is drafting new legislation intended to tackle issues that have arisen in the digital world.

By Loek Essers | 17 June, 2015 02:30

Tags: intellectual property, regulation, copyright, legal, legislation, government, European Parliament

Right to be forgotten applies to all Google domains, rules French privacy authority

Google must respect the European Union's 'right to be forgotten' court ruling on all its sites, not just those it says target EU countries, the French data protection authority has ruled, giving the company 15 days to comply.

By Loek Essers | 12 June, 2015 21:11

Tags: Google, security, legal, data protection, privacy

Belgian data retention law axed by constitutional court

A Belgian law requiring telecommunications operators and ISPs to store customer metadata for police investigations was axed by the Constitutional Court of Belgium on Thursday because it violates fundamental privacy rights.

By Loek Essers | 12 June, 2015 01:50

Tags: Constitutional Court of Belgium, Civil lawsuits, legal, legislation, government, Court of Justice of the EU

Amazon's e-book distribution contracts could be illegal, says EU

Amazon.com's e-book distribution deals are coming under close scrutiny from the European Commission, which has begun a formal antitrust investigation into the company's contracts with publishers.

By Loek Essers | 11 June, 2015 21:23

Tags: antitrust, amazon.com, european commission, legal

German parliament may need to replace all software and hardware after hack

All software and hardware in the German parliamentary network might need to be replaced. More than four weeks after a cyberattack, the government hasn't managed to erase spyware from the system, according to a news report.

By Loek Essers | 11 June, 2015 02:45

Tags: Federal Office for Information Security, security, Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz

Cloud startup Zettabox touts privacy and local storage to appeal to EU customers

Anticipating the approval of stricter data protection rules in the European Union, cloud storage startup Zettabox bets it will be able to compete against bigger rivals by guaranteeing customers that their data will be housed in Europe.

By Loek Essers | 11 June, 2015 02:30

Tags: security, cloud computing, internet, Zettabox, privacy

Tech industry redoubles efforts to fight US gov't encryption backdoors

Groups representing major IT companies have warned U.S. President Barack Obama again not to go through with measures that would undermine encryption technologies. Such policies would undermine privacy and compromise the security of tech products and services, they said.

By Loek Essers | 10 June, 2015 00:57

Tags: Information Technology Industry Council, regulation, security, legislation, government, data protection, privacy, Software and Information Industry Association

UK spies sued over phone data collection scheme already banned in US

In an effort to put an end to the bulk data collection of phone records and other large datasets from millions of people, campaign group Privacy International has filed a complaint with a U.K. court.

By Loek Essers | 08 June, 2015 20:18

Tags: Privacy International, security, U.S. National Security Agency, Civil lawsuits, legal, U.K. Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), data protection, privacy

Trade treaty negotiations can remain secret, EU court rules

The European Union's top court has ruled that documents containing details of trade negotiations can remain secret, a decision that comes as a blow to those seeking more transparency in the negotiation of the treaties that are increasingly affecting e-commerce, online privacy, Internet copyright and other uses of IT.

By Loek Essers | 05 June, 2015 22:02

Tags: Civil lawsuits, legal, Court of Justice of the European Union

Microsoft lets EU governments inspect source code for security issues

European governments will be able to review the source code of Microsoft products to confirm they don't contain security backdoors, at a transparency center the company opened in Brussels on Wednesday.

By Loek Essers | 04 June, 2015 03:06

Tags: Microsoft, security, government

EU, US officials close in on broad privacy accords

After years of thorny negotiations, top EU and U.S. officials say they are close to agreement on two privacy accords that would regulate the transfer of personal data of European citizens to the U.S.

By Loek Essers | 04 June, 2015 02:54

Tags: Google, security, government, privacy, Facebook

Facebook says 'oui' to AI with Paris research team

Along with its enormous success, Facebook has a giant, growing TMI (too much information) problem: how to help its almost one and a half billion users sort through the onslaught of news reports, photos, messages, and posts generated on the social network around the world every day.

By Loek Essers | 03 June, 2015 00:28

Tags: business issues, personnel, software, voice recognition, internet, Facebook

Disconnect files EU antitrust complaint against Google after app ban

Disconnect.me, maker of an Android privacy app banned from the Play store, has filed an antitrust complaint with the European Commssion accusing Google of abusing its dominant market position.

By Loek Essers | 02 June, 2015 20:50

Tags: mobile applications, antitrust, Google, legal, mobile, disconnect

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