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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Campaigners offer simpler way to find out if British government spied on you

The price of convenience, though, is handing your contact details not just to GCHQ but also to a tribunal and Privacy Internatinoal

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Proposal for altered data retention law is still unlawful, Dutch DPA says

Obliging telecom companies to retain customer data for months to help the police catch criminals is disproportionate, the DPA said

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EU air passenger surveillance system could be ready for take-off by year end

Only the Greens in the European Parliament still oppose the plan

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SanDisk ULLtraDIMM SSD sales ban upheld, but drives in stock can be sold

SanDisk can sell ULLtraDIMM inventory but manufacturing and selling new drives using Diablo technology is still prohibited.

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DDoS attack takes Dutch government sites offline for 10 hours

Other sites go down during attack, which used a mix of attack vectors

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File storage service Rapidshare to shutter in wake of legal woes

Users have until the end of March to save their content

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Megaupload programmer arrested in the US

The arrest was a surprise since the programmer was believed to have been in the Netherlands

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EU Parliament blocks Microsoft's new Outlook apps over privacy concerns

The way the apps store passwords and emails in the cloud poses security problems

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Sharing mass surveillance data was illegal but is now OK, UK tribunal rules

British intelligence agency GCHQ is pleased that the UK's bulk interception regime is now lawful

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Google shouldn't apply 'right to be forgotten' on .com domains, advisory council says

Conflicting explanations of a court ruling may lead to further legal struggles

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Google could boost education push with Launchpad Toys acquisition

Google already targets schools with Chromebook devices, the Apps for Education suite and the Classroom app

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EU data protection authorities get serious about Facebook's privacy policy

Europe's privacy authorities plan to fight Facebook together

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Here's how to block 'whitelist' ads from AdBlock Plus

AdBlock Plus has been under fire for whitelisting ads; it's easy to turn them off, though.

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Intel to buy Lantiq in a push to make more home devices connected

Munich based Lantiq produces network chips and should help boost Intel's home gateway business

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Google to change UK privacy policy after regulatory pressure

Google will clarify its policy and redesign its account management pages by June 30