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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Uber banned in Spain as pressure on company mounts worldwide

It's turning out to be a bad week for Uber, as it faces a growing number of bans

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Feds' bid to seize emails stored in Ireland threatens US citizens' privacy, Microsoft says

The US government would not allow another country to seize data stored on US soil in the same way, Microsoft said in a court filing.

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UK court to review legality of fast-tracked surveillance law

Although the law might be illegal, the UK government is looking to expand its web snooping capabilities

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Former Commissioner Neelie Kroes lands job attracting startups to the Netherlands

Retiring is not an option for Kroes, who said life is just beginning after leaving Brussels

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Mass surveillance programs do not violate human rights, UK tribunal rules

The case will be appealed at the European Court of Human Rights

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EU ministers backpedal on one-stop data protection shop plan

Company's should only deal with one privacy regulator instead of 28, industry associations said

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EU proposal for automated car emergency calls addresses privacy concerns

There are still some data protection concerns though, an opposing party in the EU Parliament said

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Officials seize 292 domain names to protect consumers during holiday season

Since 2012, law enforcement officials have seized 1829 sites that sell counterfeit goods 

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Intel buys PasswordBox to make passwords less painful

Passwordbox offers one-click login to multiple sites.

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France, Germany want EU to take a tougher stance on tech firms

Pressure is mounting in the European Union for tougher competition rules for U.S. tech firms

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EU net neutrality discussions to continue into the next year

EU member states are discussing the possibility of watering down net neutrality proposals made by the Parliament and Commission

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European Parliament calls on Commission to consider breaking up Google

EU legislators have called on antitrust authorities to consider breaking up companies that use search activities to dominate other markets

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Pressure mounts in Europe for strict net neutrality

European telecommunications ministers will discuss a watered-down net neutrality proposal Thursday

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Europe wants Google to expand 'right to be forgotten' censorship to global search

Whether Google will now start applying the right to be forgotten to the .com domain remains unclear

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EU sees harmonizing telecoms and online content rules key to €315B economic growth plan

The Commission is planning to simplify copyright and consumer protection rules for online and digital purchases