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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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

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Google harms users by favoring its own services in search results, study finds

Two U.S. academics have published a report slamming Google's practice of blending links to its own services with general search results.

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Dutch court wants expert to hunt Facebook's systems for lost revenge porn data

A Dutch court won't take Facebook's word it has deleted data that could identify the person behind a now-deleted pseudonymous account from which a sex tape was posted, and wants the company to allow an independent expert to scour its systems for the missing information.

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Google, Microsoft among biggest IT industry lobbyists at European Commission

Google was the most prolific corporate lobbyist in Brussels between December and June, with 32 meetings with senior officials

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Pressure mounts in EU to treat Facebook and Twitter as critical infrastructure

The move would subject them to the rules on network protection and data breach notification as banks and energy networks.

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EU takes next step in readying antitrust charges against Google

The European Commission has sent complainants a redacted version of the antitrust charges it intends to bring against Google

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EU faces IT staff shortfall of 825,000, redoubles training

Four more countries have launched public-private partnerships to fund IT training across the EU

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News site held liable for hateful comments, prompting free-speech concerns

The ruling involving an Estonian news site has prompted concern that it undermines EU rules protecting online intermediaries.

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EU Parliament committee moves copyright reform forward

A report that will help shape draft laws has taken a strong position against geo-blocking

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EU Council OKs contentious data privacy plan, pushing reform forward

But the proposal does not go far enough, say privacy organizations and industry lobby groups

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Facebook's privacy problems in Belgium highlight weaknesses in EU legislation

Belgium's privacy regulator is taking to the courts to make itself heard

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Right to be forgotten applies to all Google domains, rules French privacy authority

Search results should also be delisted on the .com domain, the French authority said.