Loek EssersAmsterdam correspondent for IDG News Service, IDG News Service

Loek Essers focuses on online privacy, intellectual property, open-source and online payment issues.

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Google's privacy policy violates Dutch data protection law, Dutch DPA says

The Dutch Protection Authority says Google spins an invisible web of our personal data without user consent.

New Creative Commons license gives users more flexibility

Authors and artists seeking to release works under a Creative Commons license now have more flexibility and choice when they want to share their works, Creative Commons said Thursday.

on techhive.com

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Google Hangouts infringes trademark, says US company Hanginout

Hanginout started the lawsuit while its trademark application is still pending.

Wikimedia is liable for contents of Wikipedia articles, German court rules

Wikimedia has to delete passages in Wikipedia articles if they turn out to be false, the court said.

Google hit with privacy complaints in 14 EU countries

Data Protection Authorities should immediately suspend changes to Google's terms of service, privacy advocates in Europe say.

Human rights groups urge UN to discourage mass digital surveillance

Five human rights groups urged the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to adopt a new resolution against indiscriminate mass surveillance.

Another Samsung 3G patent likely to be invalid, German court says

A Samsung Electronics patent the company has declared essential to the implementation of 3G mobile standards is likely to be invalid, the Regional Court of Mannheim in Germany said Friday.

Sierra Wireless files complaints about Nokia's patent licensing

Canadian wireless modem maker Sierra Wireless has filed complaints with the European Commission (EC) and the FTC laiming that Nokia is behaving unfairly in patent licensing.

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Berlin court rules Google privacy policy violates data protection law

Google's privacy policy and terms of service violate German data protection law, the Regional Court of Berlin ruled Tuesday.

U.S. Supreme Court declines to review NSA phone spying case

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied the Electronic Privacy Information Center's petition for it to review a National Security Agency (NSA) phone record data collection program.

Skype, Microsoft cleared in Luxembourg NSA investigation

Luxembourg's data protection authority cleared Microsoft and its subsidiary Skype of data protection violations related to the U.S. National Security Agency's Prism spying program, the agency said Monday.

Google to warn users of 13,000 search terms associated with child pornography

Google will display warnings above the search results for 13,000 terms it believes are associated with more explicit child sexual abuse terms.

Motorola's push mail patent ruled partly invalid in Germany

The Motorola message synchronization patent had been forcing Apple to switch off iOS push email services in Germany for more than a year.

on macworld.com

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You can now access in-flight 3G and 4G broadband in Europe

The European Commission gave airlines permission to offer their passengers Internet access via 3G and 4G connections while in flight.

Belgium, Netherlands investigate alleged NSA spying on bank payments data

The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) is member-owned and exchanges millions of standardized financial messages for more than 10,000 financial institutions in 212 countries each day.