Loek EssersAmsterdam correspondent for IDG News Service, IDG News Service

Loek Essers focuses on online privacy, intellectual property, open-source and online payment issues.

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Sweden won't enforce data retention law against ISP that deleted metadata

Other European countries were not so quick to suspend enforcement after an EU court ruled that data retention laws violate privacy

Party's over for the Dutch: pirated downloads now prohibited in the Netherlands

The country had allowed its residents to engage in this practice, but no longer. Lawsuits are now expected.

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Swedish ISP deletes all retained customer data in wake of EU court ruling

Other ISPs should also delete communications metadata following the Court of Justice's ruling, Swedish ISP Bahnhof said

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UK spies did not misuse powers for mass surveillance, watchdog says

UK agencies haven't the 'slightest interest' in examining emails and phone calls, a report says

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EU data retention rules violate privacy rights and are invalid, EU court rules

Rules requiring telcos to retain communications metadata are disproportionate, the court said

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Music piracy battle erupts in Russia as major labels sue large social network

Sony, Universal Music and Warner are going after vKontakte, alleging wholesale copyright infringement.

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Government plan to adopt ODF file format sparks standards debate in UK

Microsoft wants the government to adopt two formats, ODF and OOXML, but critics say that would be unwise

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Wanted: developers to make outdated documents readable again

The Document Foundation project aims to develop tools for converting files from proprietary to open formats

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Open-Xchange adds spreadsheet program to its online app suite

OX Spreadsheet offers online collaboration and allows editing of Excel documents

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Give us liberty or give us Office, EU lobbyists cry

The European Commission should set an example on Document Freedom Day, lobby groups for open standards and open source software said.

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Apple settles Belgian guarantee dispute

Belgium is one of many countries that has issues with Apple's warranty conducts

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Don't upload health care data to Google cloud, UK groups say

Such sensitive data should never be uploaded to a provider outside the jurisdiction of the U.K, the groups said

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Dutch intelligence illegally shared data with foreign services, says report

Sharing a selection of signals intelligence data without permission is illegal, the committee found

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Class action suit filed against Google over children's in-app purchases

In-app purchases by minors led Google to pocket millions of dollars, according to a complaint.

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Samsung removes standard-essential patent claims from US Apple suit

Samsung is no longer asserting any claim of any declared standard-essential patent in this case