Stories by Loek Essers

Uber ride-sharing service hit by Brussels court ban

A Brussels court has banned Uber from operating its ride hailing service in the city because its drivers don't have a taxi license, local media reported Tuesday. If it flouts the ban, Uber must pay a penalty of €10,000 (US$13,800) per violation.

By Loek Essers | 15 April, 2014 22:44

Tags: Uber, legal, Civil lawsuits

Report: Facebook about to enter e-money market in Europe

Facebook is mere weeks away from becoming a registered e-money firm in Ireland, the Financial Times reported.

By Loek Essers | 15 April, 2014 01:31

Tags: services, e-commerce, internet, Facebook

Sweden won't enforce data retention law against ISP that deleted metadata

The Swedish authorities won't take action against an ISP that erased all retained communications metadata, even though there is still a law in place compelling providers to retain such data, the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) said Friday.

By Loek Essers | 11 April, 2014 22:25

Tags: Bahnhof, regulation, legal, Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS), government, legislation

Party's over for the Dutch: pirated downloads now prohibited in the Netherlands

The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice has banned downloading pirated content, finally making this illegal for people in the Netherlands.

By Loek Essers | 11 April, 2014 01:22

Tags: copyright, intellectual property, legal

Swedish ISP deletes all retained customer data in wake of EU court ruling

A Swedish ISP has deleted all retained customer data after European Union laws that require communications providers to retain metadata were invalidated by the EU's supreme court earlier this week. The ISP on Thursday called on other providers to do the same.

By Loek Essers | 10 April, 2014 21:08

Tags: Bahnhof, european commission, security, legal, Court of Justice of the European Union, privacy

UK spies did not misuse powers for mass surveillance, watchdog says

British intelligence agencies do not misuse their powers to engage in random mass intrusion into the communications of law-abiding U.K. citizens, a government watchdog said in an annual report.

By Loek Essers | 09 April, 2014 01:51

Tags: security, legal, U.S. National Security Agency, privacy, GCHQ

EU data retention rules violate privacy rights and are invalid, EU court rules

European Union laws requiring communications providers to retain metadata are invalid because they seriously interfere with fundamental privacy rights, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) ruled Tuesday.

By Loek Essers | 08 April, 2014 20:47

Tags: European Court of Justice, legal, Civil lawsuits

Music piracy battle erupts in Russia as major labels sue large social network

Russia's vKontakte social network is stridently out of tune with copyright laws, according to three major record labels that are suing the company alleging it deliberately facilitates large-scale music piracy.

By Loek Essers | 04 April, 2014 01:30

Tags: vKontakte, copyright, Universal Music Russia, intellectual property, legal, Warner Music UK, Sony Music Russia, IFPI

Government plan to adopt ODF file format sparks standards debate in UK

The U.K. is moving to a system where citizens can exchange information with the government digitally by default -- but in choosing the file formats to use for that exchange, it must balance corporate interests with those of citizens.

By Loek Essers | 03 April, 2014 19:50

Tags: open source, Microsoft, software, U.K. Cabinet Office

Wanted: developers to make outdated documents readable again

The Document Foundation is looking for developers who want to help make documents locked in old, outdated and inaccessible file formats readable again.

By Loek Essers | 03 April, 2014 02:35

Tags: LibreOffice, open source, software

Open-Xchange adds spreadsheet program to its online app suite

Open source collaboration software vendor Open-Xchange has added a spreadsheet function to its open-source, web-based productivity suite, allowing the online editing and sharing of Microsoft Excel documents.

By Loek Essers | 01 April, 2014 22:10

Tags: open source, applications, Open-Xchange, software, Office suites

EU institutions accused of doing nothing to free themselves from dependence on Microsoft

The European Commission and European Parliament are doing nothing to rid themselves of their dependance on Microsoft, two lobby groups said Wednesday, Document Freedom Day.

By Loek Essers | 26 March, 2014 16:16

Tags: open source, Microsoft, Free Software Foundation Europe, software, government

Apple settles Belgian guarantee dispute

Apple has settled a legal dispute with Belgian consumer organisation Test-Aankoop over its warranty practices, the consumer organization said Monday.

By Loek Essers | 25 March, 2014 11:27

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, legal, Civil lawsuits

Don't upload health care data to Google cloud, UK groups say

Using Google's cloud services to process health care records is a serious violation of the U.K.'s data protection act, privacy groups said in a complaint filed with the country's data protection authority.

By Loek Essers | 14 March, 2014 14:21

Tags: security, privacy

Dutch intelligence illegally shared data with foreign services, says report

The Dutch Military Intelligence and Security Service (MIVD) illegally shared data with foreign services and hacked Web forums without ministerial approval, according to a report made at the request of the Dutch House of Representatives.

By Loek Essers | 12 March, 2014 12:19

Tags: Dutch Review Committee for the Intelligence and Security Services, security, legal, U.S. National Security Agency, government, privacy

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