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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Tech industry redoubles efforts to fight US gov't encryption backdoors

Allowing encryption workarounds would give other governments cause to do the same, tech industry groups warned.

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UK spies sued over phone data collection scheme already banned in US

UK intelligence agencies still collect phone data in bulk, while that practice was banned in the US, Privacy International said

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Trade treaty negotiations can remain secret, EU court rules

Leaks are becoming increasingly important to find how trade negotiations will affect online commerce, copyright and privacy

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Microsoft lets EU governments inspect source code for security issues

At transparency center, Microsoft lets governments verify its products are safe to use

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EU, US officials close in on broad privacy accords

EU and US negotiators say they are close to reaching agreement on two data-protection deals

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Facebook says 'oui' to AI with Paris research team

The Paris location is the third AI site established over the last year

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Disconnect files EU antitrust complaint against Google after app ban

Google called the complaint baseless and said Disconnect's app simply violates its app store rules

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EU online electronics retailers still don't all comply with guarantee laws

Consumer electronics retailers don't always inform consumers of their legal guarantee rights, the European Commission said

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Daum Kakao hopes social network Path will lead to international expansion

The South Korean developer of the KakaoTalk messaging app was attracted by Path's strong presence in Southeast Asia

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German gov't proposes telecom data retention law

Critics say this revamped version is probably still illegal

AdBlock Plus declared legal (again) by a German court

A Munich court ruled that making and distributing ad-blocking software is not anticompetitive

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EU plans mandatory cross-border rules to fight corporate tax evasion

Taxes should be paid to countries in which companies generate profit, Commsion says

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EU plunges ahead with Amazon probe despite change to tax practices

Amazon started booking retail revenue in several EU countries on May 1

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Skype to face Belgium criminal court after failure to hand over call data

The issue is whether Skype is subject to same rules as telecom companies

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Yandex tries to improve privacy features of its new browser

A newly-released beta version is available for Windows and Mac OS