Stories by Loek Essers

Pressure mounts in Europe for strict net neutrality

Civil society groups, members of the European Parliament, and the European Commission's vice president responsible for the digital single market have all called on European member states to stick with strict net neutrality rules.

By Loek Essers | 27 November, 2014 06:34

Tags: regulation, government

EU wants Google to apply 'right to be forgotten' delistings to global .com domain

Google should start applying the European Union's "right to be forgotten" to its global, .com domain, European privacy regulators say.

By Loek Essers | 27 November, 2014 03:32

Tags: Google, security, privacy

EU sees harmonizing telecoms and online content rules key to €315B economic growth plan

Removing regulatory barriers in the European Union's telecommunications, e-commerce and digital media markets is one of the European Commission's top priorities in a €315 billion investment plan that aims to boost jobs and growth in Europe.

By Loek Essers | 27 November, 2014 00:26

Tags: european commission, government

UK faults tech firm for not alerting authorities before soldier's murder

The U.K. has faulted an unnamed tech company for failing to flag a conversation that played a crucial role in planning the murder of a British soldier.

By Loek Essers | 26 November, 2014 03:04

Tags: Google, security, Microsoft, twitter, data protection, government, Facebook, privacy

60 things European legislators don't want Canada to learn about air passengers

Here's one flight delay that European Union citizens might appreciate: The European Parliament has grounded an agreement that would have sent more passenger data winging its way to Canadian law enforcers. And like other flight delays, it could have huge repercussions -- in this case for similar data exchange deals with the U.S. and Australia.

By Loek Essers | 26 November, 2014 01:43

Tags: security, data protection, Court of Justice of the European Union, government, trade, privacy, European Parliament

Breaking up Google is just one possible antritrust option, EU lawmakers say

Breaking up Google by separating its search engine from other commercial services is only one of the actions the European Commission could take to resolve the company's antitrust problems, say members of Parliament who are proposing the split.

By Loek Essers | 25 November, 2014 03:50

Tags: Google, european commission, regulation, internet, government, European Parliament, search engines

UK plans Australia-style data retention regime

A U.K. counterterrorism bill would require ISPs to retain IP addresses in order to identify individual users of Internet services.

By Loek Essers | 25 November, 2014 01:43

Tags: Big Brother Watch, security, government, legislation

EU net neutrality legislation under threat from Italian proposals, says rights group

European Union legislation on net neutrality is under threat, as Italy is seeking to water down a draft already adopted by the European Parliament, a digital rights group has warned.

By Loek Essers | 22 November, 2014 02:08

Tags: Council of the European Union, telecommunication, regulation, government, legislation

Data exchange talks lag, jeopardizing US firms' ability to operate in Europe

Thanks to revelations about government spying, a revamped version of a 15-year-old agreement governing the exchange of personal data between EU and the U.S. still seems a long way off, threatening the ability of American companies to do business in Europe.

By Loek Essers | 21 November, 2014 05:03

Tags: Google, european commission, security, regulation, Microsoft, legislation, government, Facebook, privacy, Federal Trade Commission

This is how Google is dealing with 'right to be forgotten' requests

Google is employing a big team of lawyers, engineers and paralegals who have so far evaluated over half a million URLs that were requested to be delisted from search results by European citizens, the company said.

By Loek Essers | 20 November, 2014 07:27

Tags: Google, security, intellectual property, legal, privacy

As Microsoft battles feds on email access, Ireland asks EU to join the fight

The Irish government is turning to the European Commission for help dealing with U.S. demands for email stored in Microsoft servers in Ireland and allegedly containing information on drug trafficking. If the Department of Justice gets its way, it may end up bypassing European data protection laws, the Irish government said in a request for legal guidance.

By Loek Essers | 20 November, 2014 01:55

Tags: intellectual property, Microsoft, legal

Swedish ISP to let users shield Internet activity from police

Swedes have started to sign up for a free service from ISP Bahnhof to hide their Internet communications metadata from the police, and the company's CEO is urging other European ISPs to follow suit.

By Loek Essers | 19 November, 2014 03:22

Tags: Bahnhof, security, legal, data protection, privacy

Facebook work collaboration tool makes sense, but could be another distraction, analysts say

Facebook is working on a collaboration tool for businesses called "Facebook at Work" in a bid to compete with similar tools from Google, LinkedIn and Microsoft.

By Loek Essers | 18 November, 2014 02:38

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, internet, social media, Facebook

European Commission could overhaul planned telecom legislation

The new European Commission is taking a fresh look at the long-planned overhaul of EU telecom legislation, possibly making fundamental changes to legislative proposals for strict net neutrality rules -- a move that would be welcomed by operators.

By Loek Essers | 15 November, 2014 05:08

Tags: european commission, government, legislation

Facebook pushes for more payments, more targeted ads with new privacy policy

Facebook has updated its privacy policy, making it shorter, clearer and easier to read. But the update also paves the way for a broader payments push and more targeted ads.

By Loek Essers | 14 November, 2014 02:01

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

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