Stories by Loek Essers

Skype to face Belgium criminal court after failure to hand over call data

Skype will have to appear in a Belgian criminal court after ignoring a judge's order to give law enforcement officials access to data from calls between suspected criminals.

By Loek Essers | 27 May, 2015 01:36

Tags: Criminal, skype, legal

Yandex tries to improve privacy features of its new browser

Russian Internet company Yandex has released a beta version of its new browser that the company says is more privacy-friendly than an earlier build.

By Loek Essers | 22 May, 2015 02:39

Tags: internet, Yandex

EU Parliament votes for tougher rules on use of conflict minerals

The European Parliament wants to apply strict disclosure requirements on companies whose products contain so-called conflict materials, often used in laptops, tablets and smartphones and other consumer electronics.

By Loek Essers | 21 May, 2015 02:38

Tags: regulation, government, European Parliament

No encryption back doors, says EU digital commissioner

There are no plans to require back doors in communications encryption in Europe, according to European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip. Proposals for mandatory encryption workarounds for mobile devices in the U.S. are the subject of a heated debate.

By Loek Essers | 20 May, 2015 21:18

Tags: regulation, european commission, Andrus Ansip, legislation, government

YouTube Kids hit with second complaint over harmful content

YouTube Kids, a Google app for preschoolers that is supposed to only show safe content, is full of videos that are potentially harmful to children, according to a complaint filed against it in the U.S.

By Loek Essers | 19 May, 2015 21:03

Tags: mobile applications, Google, legal, mobile, youtube

Critics want tougher EU rules for use of materials from exploited miners

The EU needs to impose stronger disclosure requirements over companies whose products contain materials from African mines controlled by warlords. Those companies include makers of computers and consumer electronic products.

By Loek Essers | 19 May, 2015 02:53

Tags: european commission, legislation, government, European Parliament

A year after the 'right to be forgotten' ruling, Google is not very likely to forget about you

A year after the European Union's top court gave Europeans a right to be forgotten by search engines, it is most likely that Google will still remember you after you filed a request to disappear from its search listings.

By Loek Essers | 13 May, 2015 20:12

Tags: Google, intellectual property, legal, Reputation VIP

Uber starts experimenting with cash payments in India

Uber, known for its no-hassle, no-cash payment system for rides, will start testing cash payments in India in the coming week.

By Loek Essers | 13 May, 2015 00:49

Tags: mobile applications, mobile, Uber Technologies

Good reviews spell bad legal news for Airbnb host

Good reviews are generally a welcome thing for Airbnb hosts, but in an Amsterdam court case they provided evidence leading to the eviction of a man who was subletting a rental home intended for low-income tenants.

By Loek Essers | 12 May, 2015 02:25

Tags: Airbnb, Civil lawsuits, legal

Ericsson takes patent royalty fight with Apple to European courts

Following up on lawsuits in the U.S., a dispute between Ericsson and Apple over royalty payments has now moved also to Europe.

By Loek Essers | 08 May, 2015 19:58

Tags: Ericsson, Apple, intellectual property, legal, patent

UK gang arrested for exporting $10 million of fake Cisco gear to US

Three men accused of selling and exporting over $10 million worth of fake Cisco networking equipment into the U.S. have been arrested by U.K. police.

By Loek Essers | 07 May, 2015 23:07

Tags: networking hardware, Networking, intellectual property, cisco, legal

Microsoft won't give up trademark fight over Skype in Europe

Microsoft plans to appeal a EU court ruling that found its Skype brand is too similar to that of British satellite broadcaster Sky, which holds a European trademark on audiovisual goods, telephony and software-related services categories.

By Loek Essers | 07 May, 2015 00:27

Tags: skype, intellectual property, Microsoft, legal

EU launches antitrust probe into e-commerce sector

Europe's e-commerce market will be subject to a full-fledged antitrust probe, as part of the European Commission's push to tear down walls between the European Union's 28 national digital markets.

By Loek Essers | 06 May, 2015 20:35

Tags: telecommunication, Google, amazon.com, regulation, european commission, government, internet

EU set to reveal digital strategy on Wednesday

Google could face increased scrutiny from Wednesday, when the European Commission outlines its strategy to make European companies more competitive online, and to simplify online shopping and movie streaming across borders.

By Loek Essers | 05 May, 2015 04:04

Tags: regulation, european commission, legislation, government

Mozilla may offer new browser features only on secure websites

Mozilla is planning to gradually favor HTTPS (HTTP Secure) connections over non-secure HTTP connections by making some new features on its browser available only to secured sites.

By Loek Essers | 01 May, 2015 20:06

Tags: security, encryption, Mozilla Foundation, privacy

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