Loek EssersAmsterdam Correspondent, IDG News Service

Loek Essers focuses on online privacy, intellectual property, open source, and online payment issues for the IDG News Service.

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EU privacy watchdog weighs in on data protection reform, shares concerns

He also released an app that allows legislators and citizens to compare the proposed texts of the upcoming data protection regulation

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Google tells its publisher partners to comply with EU cookie directive

The company detailed the requirement in its new EU User Consent Policy

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Trillion-dollar world trade deal aims to make IT products cheaper

WTO members negotiated to cut tariffs on more than 200 tech products

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Belgian government phishing test goes off-track

A drill caused confusion when a regional government impersonated a rail company without informing it

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Big tech companies back Samsung in Apple patent fight

Samsung is whittling away at a 4-year-old $1 billion damages award, and has asked the court to cut another $399 million.

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UK High Court gives government nine months to rewrite data retention law

A hastily-introduced law forcing communications operators to retain metadata for law enforcement use is unlawful, the UK High Court said

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Qualcomm hit with two EU antitrust probes

The European Commission is investigating whether Qualcomm abused its market position, and whether it engaged in predatory pricing

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EU air passenger data retention system ready for take-off, says Parliament

Passengers flying into or out of the EU could have their personal data stored in law enforcement databases for up to five years

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Huawei buys software networking tech from Irish Amartus

The acquisition will help Huawei's expansion in Europe

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EU Parliament takes strong stance against geoblocking

The report makes the Parliament's copyright reform wishes clear to the European Commission

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Europe prepares to enforce its take on net neutrality

With the publication of a draft telecommunications law, the European Union's plans for net neutrality are clear

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Android phone vendors should improve update policies, consumer organization says

Android phone manufacturers are letting customers down by failing to provide timely updates to newer, more secure operating system software

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Austrian court dismisses class action suit against Facebook

The court said it has no jurisdiction over the case; the complainant plans to appeal

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EU sets June 2017 as date to end mobile roaming charges

A compromise on roaming regulations agreed on Monday night still needs approval from member states and the European Parliament

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Google asks for, and gets, extra time to respond to European antitrust charges

Google now has until mid-August to respond, likely delaying a settlement until after the long summer vacation