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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EU ministers OK new cross-border data protection plan, sparking criticism

The proposed new data protection mechanism will lead to unnecessary administrative burdens, companies said

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Swedish prosecutor wants to interview Assange in London

Time is running out for the Swedes to prosecute Assange for alleged sexual molestation before the statute of limitations is reached

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EU law makers to discuss whether Facebook qualifies as critical infrastructure

The discussion will determine whether social networks must disclose data breaches

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Get a move on with the Google antitrust case, EU Parliament tells Commission

But the Commission said it will take a decision in due course

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Dutch court scraps telecommunications data retention law

The law requiring Dutch telecommunications operators and ISPs to retain customer data violates fundamental privacy rights

Wikimedia sues NSA to stop it from spying on Wikipedia users

People might refrain from sharing unpopular information on Wikipedia dues to mass surveillance, Wikimedia said

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Privacy advocates worry ahead of EU data protection talks

They're concerned that proposed regulations will weaken data protection rules for citizens

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SAP to cut 2,200 jobs, plans to recreate them in other parts of the company

There will be no impact on customers, SAP said

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No reduced tax rate for e-books, top EU court rules

Value-added tax on e-books must be charged at the full rate, not the reduced rate for paper books, the CJEU ruled

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EU countries agree on watered-down roaming and net neutrality plans

Discussions with the European Parliament on a final compromise text will probably continue until the fall

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Google's Schmidt meets EU competition chief to discuss antitrust woes

It was the first time Google executives got the chance to discuss the case with the EU's new antitrust chief

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EU data protection reform 'badly broken,' civil liberty groups warn

Something needs to change soon to save the EU's data protection reform, the groups said

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Europe's political youth organizations demand strict net neutrality rules

EU member states are set to adopt a draft regulation on net neutrality later this week

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Iran ready to work with Google, other global Internet companies

Western companies can start offering services in Iran, as long as they abide by local laws

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Chip makers NXP and Freescale plan merger, focusing on car chips and wearables

The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2015