Stories by Loek Essers

EU, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo meet on 'right to be forgotten' but questions remain

European data protection authorities still have questions after meeting with Google, Microsoft and Yahoo about the implementation of a recent ruling that gave European citizens the right to be forgotten by search engines.

By Loek Essers | 25 July, 2014 23:57

Tags: Yahoo, Google, copyright, security, intellectual property, Microsoft, legal, privacy

The Pirate Bay makes searching for torrents easier on mobile devices

The Pirate Bay launched a mobile site on Thursday to make it easier to navigate the search engine for torrent files on mobile devices.

By Loek Essers | 25 July, 2014 21:03

Tags: the pirate bay, copyright, intellectual property, legal, mobile

EU hears Google, Microsoft, Yahoo on 'right to be forgotten'

Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are meeting with European data protection authorities Thursday to discuss how to implement a recent ruling that gives people the right to have personal information excluded from search results.

By Loek Essers | 25 July, 2014 01:46

Tags: Yahoo, Google, copyright, security, intellectual property, Microsoft, legal, privacy

Europeans call for a single EU copyright to get more access to online services

Many European consumers are frustrated by frequently being denied access to online services outside of their home countries and are calling on the European Commission to implement a 'common copyright' in Europe. This pits them against publishers and broadcasters, who want enforcement of existing rules instead, a public consultation on EU digital copyright reform showed.

By Loek Essers | 24 July, 2014 23:35

Tags: european commission, copyright, regulation, intellectual property, legal, government

Dutch spy agencies can receive NSA data, court rules

Dutch intelligence services can receive bulk data that might have been obtained by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) through mass data interception programs, even though collecting data that way is illegal for the Dutch services, the Hague District Court ruled Wednesday.

By Loek Essers | 24 July, 2014 01:01

Tags: security, U.S. National Security Agency, legal, Civil lawsuits, government, legislation, privacy

Google rival slams EU Commission over antitrust settlement proposals

One of the complainants in an antitrust case against Google has slammed the European Commission for apparently adopting wholesale Google's proposal to settle the case, while giving complainants no fair chance to express their views on the settlement. Meanwhile, the Commission is considering revising the terms of the settlement, according to media reports.

By Loek Essers | 23 July, 2014 22:58

Tags: antitrust, Google, Foundem, european commission, legal, internet, government, search engines

Members of UK Parliament call for judicial review of data retention law

Two members of the British Parliament are seeking judicial review of a surveillance law that extends U.K. data retention rules and was rushed through by the government.

By Loek Essers | 22 July, 2014 23:13

Tags: legal, government, legislation

Dutch courts lets ebook reseller stay online

Dutch publishers have failed in their efforts to immediately close down ebook reselling site Tom Kabinet.

By Loek Essers | 22 July, 2014 02:54

Tags: Tom Kabinet, legal, Civil lawsuits

EC slams Apple for in-app purchase policies

The European Commission took Apple to task Friday for failing to firmly commit to stopping inadvertent in-app purchases, particularly those made by children.

By Loek Essers | 18 July, 2014 23:18

Tags: mobile applications, Apple, Google, european commission, regulation, government, mobile

UK rushes through surveillance bill, extending data retention rules

The U.K. government has pushed through a new surveillance law to replace one a European Union court said interfered with fundamental privacy rights -- but, say civil rights campaigners, the new law is worse than the one it replaces.

By Loek Essers | 18 July, 2014 21:55

Tags: Open Rights Group, Privacy International, legal, government, legislation

EU privacy watchdogs to quiz Google, Microsoft on 'right to be forgotten'

European privacy authorities have invited Google, Microsoft and Yahoo to discuss the implementation of a landmark ruling by Europe's top court that gives people the right to have personal information excluded from search results.

By Loek Essers | 18 July, 2014 01:55

Tags: Yahoo, Google, European Data Protection Supervisor, copyright, security, intellectual property, Microsoft, legal, data protection

Chaos Computer Club bolsters NSA spying complaint with Tor snooping evidence

The German Chaos Computer Club said Wednesday that it has added to its legal complaint about U.S. spying on German citizens evidence that the NSA allegedly snooped on at least one of its Tor servers.

By Loek Essers | 17 July, 2014 22:06

Tags: Chaos Computer Club, Criminal, National Security Agency, security, legal, privacy

Cheaper Xbox offering without Kinect spikes US sales

Sales of Xbox One gaming consoles more than doubled in the U.S. last month because of the introduction of a cheaper version of the console that doesn't include the Kinect motion sensor.

By Loek Essers | 17 July, 2014 18:47

Tags: Game platforms, Microsoft, Xbox, games, Xbox360

Swedish judge upholds detention order for Assange

A Stockholm District Court judge ruled on Wednesday that the Swedish detention order against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, issued on allegations of sexual assault, will remain in force.

By Loek Essers | 17 July, 2014 03:07

Tags: Criminal, Julian Assange, legal, wikileaks

SAP withdraws appeal in German software resale dispute

SAP has withdrawn its appeal in a dispute over the resale of used SAP software in Germany, according to a filing with the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg.

By Loek Essers | 16 July, 2014 19:25

Tags: SAP, legal, Civil lawsuits, software, Susensoftware

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