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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European Commission could overhaul planned telecom legislation

The telecom industry doesn't favor what it calls 'overly restrictive measures on net neutrality'

Facebook pushes for more payments, more targeted ads with new privacy policy

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Users have a week to comment on the proposed changes

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No, you can't seize country TLDs, US court rules

That's good news for those who worry about the power the U.S. government has over the Internet

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Google urges US government to extend the US Privacy Act to EU citizens

There has been too little reform since the Snowden revelations, Google said

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EU antitrust chief wants new talks with Google complainants

The new Commissioner needs time to decide on next steps as the matter is complex

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Gnome Foundation accuses Groupon of trademark hijacking, pleads for help

The open source organization needs to raise $80,000 to fund its legal fight

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German spy agency seeks millions to monitor social networks outside Germany

The prototype real time social media monitor will only look at publicly available data though, according to the plans

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Apple's new deregister tool prevents iMessages from being lost in limbo

Apple has set up a simple Web tool to allow former iPhone users to dissociate their phone number from iMessages.

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Pirate Bay co-founder sentenced to 3.5 years imprisonment in Denmark

He will also be expelled from the country upon his release, according to the court.

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Facebook sets up shop on the Tor anonymity network

Facebook is also working on a mobile Tor site

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Hungary ditches Internet tax plans after protests

While scrapped for now, plans for an Internet tax could be back on the table next year

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Pirate Bay co-founder found guilty of hacking in Denmark

Svartholm Warg's sentence will be announced on Friday, a Danish court said.

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Germany backs plan to retain personal flight data across EU

Retaining flight data would violate fundamental rights, opponents said

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Is your IP address really yours? EU court to decide the question

If IP addresses are considered personal data, that could be a win for some privacy advocates.