Stories by Loek Essers

Right-to-be-forgotten 'dashboard' to help EU's data protection authorities

An electronic case-handling dashboard and a network of specialists will be created to help EU data protection authorities deal with complaints filed by people whose requests to delete search results based on a recent "right-to-be-forgotten" ruling is denied.

By Loek Essers | 19 September, 2014 01:17

Tags: security, regulation, legal, government, privacy

French crime database breaches privacy rights, EU court rules

Storing someone's private information in a crime database for 20 years when charges against that person have been dropped violates privacy rights, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Thursday.

By Loek Essers | 18 September, 2014 20:54

Tags: European Court of Human Rights, legal, Civil lawsuits

Open document formats campaign backed by EU's digital commissioner

European government agencies should adopt open document formats in their dealings with citizens, outgoing European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes has urged.

By Loek Essers | 17 September, 2014 21:56

Tags: Government use of IT, applications, european commission, software, government, Office suites

German court lifts countrywide ban on UberPop

The Frankfurt Regional Court has lifted a nationwide preliminary ban on Uber Technologies' ride-sharing service UberPop, ruling that there is no urgent need for an emergency ban.

By Loek Essers | 17 September, 2014 00:18

Tags: legal, Civil lawsuits, Uber Technologies

Mail.Ru buys rest of Russia's VKontakte, ending shareholder dispute

Internet conglomerate Mail.Ru has at last acquired total control of Russian social network VKontakte after a lingering shareholder dispute involving allegations of embezzlement and the involvement of the Russian secret service.

By Loek Essers | 16 September, 2014 22:56

Tags: business issues, vKontakte, Internet-based applications and services,, internet, social media, Mergers and acquisitions,

Netflix will launch on French telco's set-top boxes

Video on-demand service Netflix is expanding in Europe and will soon appear on the set-top boxes of French telecom operator Bouygues Telecom, the operator said on Monday.

By Loek Essers | 15 September, 2014 20:55

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, e-commerce, Bouygues Telecom, internet, netflix, Internet service providers, video

Google acquires online survey specialist Polar

Google has acquired Polar, a company that specializes in online polls that allows its customers to get "instant opinions on anything."

By Loek Essers | 12 September, 2014 23:11

Tags: business issues, Input Factory, Internet-based applications and services, Google, internet, Mergers and acquisitions

Swedish ISP urges European Commission to end 'illegal data retention'

Swedish law requiring network operators to retain communications metadata continues to breach European Union rules, according to Swedish ISP Bahnhof, which has asked the European Commission to intervene.

By Loek Essers | 12 September, 2014 22:38

Tags: Bahnhof, european commission, regulation, legal, Civil lawsuits, government

German court denies Uber's request for suspension of nationwide ban

The Frankfurt Regional Court has denied Uber Technologies' request to suspend a nationwide ban in Germany on its ride-sharing UberPop service, a court spokesman said Thursday.

By Loek Essers | 12 September, 2014 02:05

Tags: mobile applications, Uber, legal, Civil lawsuits, mobile

German court requires Google to stop ignoring customer emails

A German court has required Google to stop ignoring customer emails and start offering a way to communicate with the company.

By Loek Essers | 11 September, 2014 22:46

Tags: Google, legal, Civil lawsuits

Libraries may digitize books without permission, EU top court rules

European libraries may digitize books and make them available at electronic reading points without first gaining consent of the copyright holder, the highest European Union court ruled Thursday.

By Loek Essers | 11 September, 2014 20:19

Tags: copyright, intellectual property, legal, Court of Justice of the European Union

Decision in EU Google antitrust case postponed to next Commission's term

A European antitrust probe into Google's search practices will be extended through October, into the term of the next European Commission, a Commissions spokesman said.

By Loek Essers | 11 September, 2014 01:50

Tags: antitrust, Google, european commission, legal

Critics lambaste choices for European Commission technology positions

EU Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday revealed his nominees for the 27 new commissioners due to take office on Nov. 1, including some controversial choices for officials responsible for technology and competition policy.

By Loek Essers | 11 September, 2014 00:54

Tags: european commission, government

Apple's slide-to-unlock patent not willfully infringed by Samsung, judge rules

While Samsung Electronics infringed on Apple's slide-to-unlock patent, that infringement was not willful, a U.S. court has ruled.

By Loek Essers | 10 September, 2014 21:43

Tags: Apple, intellectual property, patent, legal, Samsung Electronics

Google convenes first 'right-to-be-forgotten' meeting

Google has received more than 100,000 "right-to-be-forgotten" requests from people who want information about them removed from the search engine, it said Tuesday at a meeting in Madrid.

By Loek Essers | 10 September, 2014 00:59

Tags: Google, legal, Court of Justice of the European Union

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