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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Facebook in Turkey ordered to block material insulting Prophet Muhammad

The order was given in the wake of the Paris shootings

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Facebook privacy class action suit to kick off in April

An Austrian court will deal with the admissibility of the case during the first hearing

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Dutch authorities fine Uber €10,000 a pop

So far, the Dutch government doesn't seem very vigilant in cracking down on Uber

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EU should oblige Internet firms to hand over encryption keys, says antiterrorist advisor

Law enforcement access to encrypted communications is needed, says the EU's Counter-Terrorism Coordinator

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Calls for ISPs to filter content could be illegal, EU council documents suggest

This is the first time there is official recognition of the possible illegality of blocking measures, civil rights group EDRi said

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Dutch e-book resale site has to close for now, court rules

Mixed bag verdict poses challenge for e-book reseller

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Copyright law needs overhaul to meet Internet needs, says EU lawmaker

A European Parliament report proposes unrestricted hypertext linking; limits to copyright terms, and tighter rules on use of DRM

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Amazon got likely illegal tax deal in just two weeks, EU Commission says

Luxembourg thinks it will be able to convince the Commission the Amazon tax deal was legal

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US and UK to step up cyber defense efforts

More collaboration is needed to meet online threats, the UK's prime minister said

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Last call for last-minute flight booking charges, EU court rules

Booking services must show full price for flights, with no last-minute additions before a booking is confirmed, the EU's top court has ruled

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Apple and Ericsson sue each other in LTE patent royalty spat

Apple products infringe on Ericsson patents now the license agreement has expired, Ericsson said.

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EC balks at planned joint venture from large music licensing companies

But the 'collecting societies' of the U.K., Sweden and Germany are defending their plan, unveiled in 2013


Temporary sales ban hits SanDisk's SSD server business

The ban could also have consequences for IBM, Huawei, Lenovo and Supermicro, but there are no apparent consequences to consumers, yet.

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Dutch government sued over data retention law

Data retention is under fire in many EU states

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Anti-terror cooperation with ISPs is 'essential' in wake of Paris shootings, EU ministers say

EU ministers push for more surveillance powers in wake of shootings at offices of Charlie Hebdo and elsewhere in Paris