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 Parliament votes for tougher rules on use of conflict minerals

If implemented, the rules will potentially affect 880,000 companies, including tech firms

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No encryption back doors, says EU digital commissioner

Back door sin encryption will sooner or later lead to misuse, the EU's digital Commissioner said

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YouTube Kids hit with second complaint over harmful content

YouTube's algorithms aren't very suitable parents, a complaint against a supposedly kid friendly video app showed

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Critics want tougher EU rules for use of materials from exploited miners

Rights groups slam as weak draft EU rules meant to increase transparency on use of 'conflict minerals,' used in computers and electronics

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Google rejects 60 percent of right to be forgotten requests

Google removes a link from its search results about 40 percent of the time.

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Uber starts experimenting with cash payments in India

The ride-hailing company will let its drivers accept cash for the first time

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Good reviews spell bad legal news for Airbnb host

The subletting of low-income rental houses is a growing problem, real estate agent says.

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Ericsson takes patent royalty fight with Apple to European courts

Ericsson has filed three lawsuits against Apple in Europe in an ongoing dispute over patent royalties.

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UK gang arrested for exporting $10 million of fake Cisco gear to US

Companies using fake gear could experience significant network outages, the U.K. police warned

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Microsoft won't give up trademark fight over Skype in Europe

Skype can easily be confused with the Sky trade mark, an EU court found

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EU launches antitrust probe into e-commerce sector

The European Commission wants to make it easier for consumers to shop online across borders

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EU set to reveal digital strategy on Wednesday

A leaked document suggests the European Commission will launch a probe into U.S. online platform providers

New Firefox features will eventually be limited to secure websites only

Non-secure HTTP sites will not get access to new browser features, Mozilla said

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Uber shifts strategy, requiring taxi licenses for Dutch UberPop drivers

Uber tries to settle its legal problems in the Netherlands but will have to do more to get out of trouble

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Facebook, under siege, slams European privacy regulators

Facebook has already filed a lawsuit against the Dutch data protection authority over an investigation into its privacy practices