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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Files encrypted by CoinVault ransomware? New free tool may decrypt them

Dutch police obtained CoinVault decryption keys and shared them with the world

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China's 'Great Cannon' DDoS tool enforces Internet censorship

Sophisticated attack tool can also be modified to inject individual users with malware, researchers found.

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Hacked French broadcaster's passwords revealed in TV broadcast

Login credentials for the hacked station's social media accounts were apparently broadcast on national TV news

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UK government's spying practices challenged at European human rights court

Disclosing secret policies that govern mass surveillance practices is not enough to make them legal, human rights groups said

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Use of Windows XP makes European ATMs vulnerable to malware attacks

While malware is a concern, skimming is still the main problem in Western Europe ATM fraud

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Google ordered by German authority to change privacy practices

Google loses yet another round in its regulatory fight over privacy policy changes in Europe

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DEA sued for snooping on international phone calls

A bulk phone record collection program run by the DEA for decades violates U.S. fundamental rights, Human Rights Watch claims

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Apple streaming plans face EU antitrust scrutiny

The European Commission is worried that Apple can use its influence to lure labels away from other streaming services

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As Uber cries foul in Europe, EC advises it to first follow the law

Uber says it has filed complaints against Germany, France and Spain

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Facebook tracks all site vistors, violating EU law, report says

Facebook slammed the report, claiming it contains factual inaccuracies.

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Abolish geoblocking? Not so fast, says EU digital Commissioner

The EU needs to pay attention to the interests of the film industry, Commissioner Oettinger said

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Safari users in the UK can sue Google over alleged privacy violations

The ruling from an appeals court could lead to claims from millions of British users

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Uber's Amsterdam office raided by Dutch authorities

Uber keeps operating its UberPop service despite a court ban and €100,000 in fines

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E-commerce companies face EU antitrust probe

A broad probe into Europe's e-commerce sector will show whether companies are restricting cross-border purchases

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EU Commission goes after geo-blocking, 'absurd' digital barriers

Geo-blocking strikes the EU's digital chief as old fashioned