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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Leaked FTC antitrust report gives EU cover to rule against Google

The leak shows that concerns were raised about Google's competitive behavior on both sides of the Atlantic

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Opera buys VPN service to help protect user privacy

Acquiring SurfEasy will help protect the privacy of Opera's 350 million users, the company said

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UberPop banned by German court

Uber will probably appeal the verdict

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UK government filing raises fears about misuse of hacking powers

UK intelligence agency GCHQ maintained in a submission that it operates within the law

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Belgian court rules ISPs don't have to pay copyright levies

The court found that ISPs are not liable for the content transmitted over their networks

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EU Parliamentarians visit U.S. to talk data protection, mass surveillance

Discussions will cover major privacy and data protection issues

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Government requests for Facebook data continue to grow

The content that had to be blocked for violating local laws is also on the rise, Facebook said

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EU ministers OK new cross-border data protection plan, sparking criticism

The proposed new data protection mechanism will lead to unnecessary administrative burdens, companies said

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Swedish prosecutor wants to interview Assange in London

Time is running out for the Swedes to prosecute Assange for alleged sexual molestation before the statute of limitations is reached

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EU law makers to discuss whether Facebook qualifies as critical infrastructure

The discussion will determine whether social networks must disclose data breaches

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Get a move on with the Google antitrust case, EU Parliament tells Commission

But the Commission said it will take a decision in due course

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Dutch court scraps telecommunications data retention law

The law requiring Dutch telecommunications operators and ISPs to retain customer data violates fundamental privacy rights

Wikimedia sues NSA to stop it from spying on Wikipedia users

People might refrain from sharing unpopular information on Wikipedia dues to mass surveillance, Wikimedia said

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Privacy advocates worry ahead of EU data protection talks

They're concerned that proposed regulations will weaken data protection rules for citizens

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SAP to cut 2,200 jobs, plans to recreate them in other parts of the company

There will be no impact on customers, SAP said