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 data protection authorities get serious about Facebook's privacy policy

Europe's privacy authorities plan to fight Facebook together

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Here's how to block 'whitelist' ads from AdBlock Plus

AdBlock Plus has been under fire for whitelisting ads; it's easy to turn them off, though.

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Intel to buy Lantiq in a push to make more home devices connected

Munich based Lantiq produces network chips and should help boost Intel's home gateway business

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Google to change UK privacy policy after regulatory pressure

Google will clarify its policy and redesign its account management pages by June 30

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EU air passenger database about to take flight, but critics want it grounded

The EC is reportedly working on a plan to implement a Passenger Name Record (PNR) system, although a previous attempt failed

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France wants to hold social media networks accountable for hate speech

A draft law will be prepared to make this happen, the French president said

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Mass surveillance 'endangers fundamental human rights,' says study

Countries should make laws restricting surveillance capabilities, says a European study

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Facebook in Turkey ordered to block material insulting Prophet Muhammad

The order was given in the wake of the Paris shootings

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Facebook privacy class action suit to kick off in April

An Austrian court will deal with the admissibility of the case during the first hearing

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Dutch authorities fine Uber €10,000 a pop

So far, the Dutch government doesn't seem very vigilant in cracking down on Uber

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EU should oblige Internet firms to hand over encryption keys, says antiterrorist advisor

Law enforcement access to encrypted communications is needed, says the EU's Counter-Terrorism Coordinator

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Calls for ISPs to filter content could be illegal, EU council documents suggest

This is the first time there is official recognition of the possible illegality of blocking measures, civil rights group EDRi said

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Dutch e-book resale site has to close for now, court rules

Mixed bag verdict poses challenge for e-book reseller

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Copyright law needs overhaul to meet Internet needs, says EU lawmaker

A European Parliament report proposes unrestricted hypertext linking; limits to copyright terms, and tighter rules on use of DRM

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Amazon got likely illegal tax deal in just two weeks, EU Commission says

Luxembourg thinks it will be able to convince the Commission the Amazon tax deal was legal