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.

Facebook's Internet.org app gives Zambia mobile users free, basic Internet access

Mobile users in Zambia get free access to services like Wikipedia, Google and Facebook

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EC stepping up antitrust inquiry into Google, Android

The Commission's increased interest could signal a plan to start a formal investigation

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'Right to be forgotten' ruling is unworkable and misguided, UK Lords say

The UK government should fight to keep the 'right to be forgotten' out of future EU data protection regulation, the House of Lords said.

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Twitter acquires image search firm Madbits

Madbits uses deep learning techniques to understand the content of an image

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Privacy groups call for action to stop Facebook's off site user tracking plans

Authorities should act immediately to stop this new vast expansion of Facebook's data collection and user profiling, privacy groups said

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EU, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo meet on 'right to be forgotten' but questions remain

Additional questions should be answered by the end of July

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EU hears Google, Microsoft, Yahoo on 'right to be forgotten'

Civil rights campaigners say uniform guidelines are necessary to prevent information that should be publicly available being suppressed

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Europeans call for a single EU copyright to get more access to online services

Broadcasters would rather see more enforcement of existing rules instead

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Dutch spy agencies can receive NSA data, court rules

Because raw data is shared in bulk, less stringent privacy safeguards apply, the court said

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Google rival slams EU Commission over antitrust settlement proposals

Meanwhile, the Commission is considering revising the terms of the settlement, according to media reports

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Members of UK Parliament call for judicial review of data retention law

A hastily adopted surveillance law violates fundamental privacy rights and should be changed, a human rights organization said

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Dutch courts lets ebook reseller stay online

Dutch publishers wanted the site taken offline for copyright infringement

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European Commission slams Apple for in-app purchase policies

Apple maintained that its parental controls 'go far beyond the features of others in the industry.'

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UK rushes through surveillance bill, extending data retention rules

Rushing a surveillance bill like this shows utter disregard for the democratic process and the rule of law, a privacy group said

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EU privacy watchdogs to quiz Google, Microsoft on 'right to be forgotten'

Data protection authorities are concerned about implementation of ruling