Stories by Loek Essers

In 2015, EU aims to sweep away old rules on data protection and copyright

The European Commission is gearing up to solve some longstanding problems with outdated copyright and data protection laws and move ahead on new rules for roaming charges and net neutrality.

By Loek Essers | 20 December, 2014 05:07

Tags: Council of the European Union, european commission, regulation, YEAR END, government, legislation, European Parliament

Cyberattack on German steel factory causes 'massive damage'

A German steel factory suffered massive damage after hackers managed to access production networks, allowing them to tamper with the controls of a blast furnace, the government said in its annual IT security report.

By Loek Essers | 20 December, 2014 01:08

Tags: Federal Office for Information Security, security

Microsoft files suit against alleged tech support scammers

Microsoft is finally cracking down on scammers who offer to fix non-existent computer problems for hundreds of dollars. In a first strike, Microsoft sued several U.S. companies it said are involved in fake tech support scams.

By Loek Essers | 19 December, 2014 23:02

Tags: intellectual property, Microsoft, legal, Civil lawsuits, Windows, software, operating systems

Microsoft kills EU browser choice screen

Microsoft has retired the browser choice screen it agreed to show new Windows users in the European Union as part of an antitrust settlement.

By Loek Essers | 18 December, 2014 23:29

Tags: antitrust, Google, applications, european commission, Microsoft, opera software, browsers, legal, software, internet

Netflix wins Dutch patent suit, can keep operating as usual

European Netflix users, breathe easy: The video streaming service can keep operating as it always did now that Dutch patent lawsuit has been thrown out of court.

By Loek Essers | 17 December, 2014 23:31

Tags: OpenTV, Internet-based applications and services, intellectual property, legal, patent, Kudelski Group, internet, netflix, video

Dutch regulator asks Facebook to hold off on privacy update, is rebuffed

Saying that Facebook's new privacy policy could violate Dutch data protection laws, the privacy regulator in the Netherlands has asked it to postpone its introduction pending an investigation. But the social network won't hold back the rollout of new terms and policies on Jan. 1, and was "surprised and disappointed" by the data protection authority's move, a spokeswoman said.

By Loek Essers | 17 December, 2014 01:37

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, College Bescherming Persoonsgevens, security, internet, social media, Facebook, privacy

Dutch authority to Google: change privacy policy or else

If Google doesn't change how it handles users' private data by the end of February, it may face fines of €15 million (about US$18.6 million), the Dutch Privacy Authority said Monday.

By Loek Essers | 16 December, 2014 02:07

Tags: Google, security, legal, College Bescherming Persoonsgegevens, privacy proposes settling price parity antitrust cases across Europe

Hotel reservation site has offered to settle antitrust cases brought against it in Sweden, France and Italy, and on Monday antitrust authorities invited hotels to give their views on the settlement.

By Loek Essers | 16 December, 2014 00:46

Tags: antitrust, Internet-based applications and services, Expedia, european commission,, tripadvisor, regulation, legal, internet, government

UberPop will be banned in France from Jan. 1st

Ride-sharing service UberPop will be banned in France from Jan. 1, a government official said Monday, as Paris taxi drivers blocked traffic around the capital in protest at a court decision Friday not to impose an emergency ban on the service.

By Loek Essers | 15 December, 2014 22:07

Tags: regulation, legal, Civil lawsuits, government, Uber Technologies

More trouble brewing for Uber in Brussels

There is more trouble brewing for ride-hailing service Uber in Brussels where the minister for mobility announced he will file a complaint with the police to take the company's site offline in Belgium.

By Loek Essers | 13 December, 2014 02:35

Tags: Uber, Criminal, legal

Google sued in Germany over video streaming patent

Google and YouTube have been sued in Germany for allegedly infringing on a video streaming patent owned by U.S. software company Max Sound. The case could lead to sales bans on several Google Android products.

By Loek Essers | 12 December, 2014 23:50

Tags: Google, intellectual property, patent, legal, Max Sound

Skype implicated in EU corporate income tax scandal

Skype used two Luxembourg companies and an Irish subsidiary to avoid paying corporate income tax during a five year period, according to documents detailing deals with Luxembourg tax authorities.

By Loek Essers | 11 December, 2014 01:03

Tags: business issues, skype, Microsoft, legal, government

Uber banned in Spain as pressure on company mounts worldwide

Ride-hailing service Uber has hit yet another legal roadblock, with a Madrid court ordering it to stop all its activities in Spain.

By Loek Essers | 10 December, 2014 04:00

Tags: mobile applications, Uber, mobile, Uber Technologies

Feds' bid to seize Irish emails threatens US citizen's privacy, Microsoft says

U.S. demands to seize emails stored on a Microsoft server in Ireland are threatening the privacy of U.S. citizens, Microsoft said in its appeal in an ongoing lawsuit that threatens international relations and may violate European privacy laws.

By Loek Essers | 09 December, 2014 22:21

Tags: security, Microsoft, legal, government, privacy

UK court to review legality of fast-tracked surveillance law

A surveillance law that was rushed through by the U.K. government will be reviewed by the country's High Court to determine if it violates human rights.

By Loek Essers | 09 December, 2014 05:09

Tags: eu, liberty, security, legal, twitter, government, legislation, privacy

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