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 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

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UK faults tech firm for not alerting authorities before soldier's murder

Tech companies need to take responsibility and start monitoring networks to spot terrorist activity, the UK said

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60 things European legislators don't want Canada to learn about air passengers

The European Parliament has put on hold an agreement to continue sending passenger data to Canadian law enforcers

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Breaking up Google is just one possible antritrust option, EU lawmakers say

A rotation mechanism showing commercial services from Google and its competitors is also an option

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UK plans to introduce new Web snooping law

The new bill seems to be a somewhat toned-down version of the controversial 'snooper's charter'

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EU net neutrality legislation under threat from Italian proposals, says rights group

Italian proposals for changes to draft legislation already adopted by Parliament would weaken citizen's rights, according to EDRi

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Data exchange talks lag, jeopardizing US firms' ability to operate in Europe

Ongoing issues relating to US national security and spying imperil 'safe harbor' personal data pact


This is how Google is dealing with 'right to be forgotten' requests

We will hear next week what the EU data protection authorities think of Google's methods.

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As Microsoft battles feds on email access, Ireland asks EU to join the fight

The US may end up bypassing European data protection laws, the Irish government said in a request for legal guidance

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Swedish ISP to let users shield Internet activity from police

A free VPN service from Bahnhof will keep web surfing and other online usage anonymous