Stories by Loek Essers

Daum Kakao hopes social network Path will lead to international expansion

Social network Path will soon be under new ownership.

German gov't proposes telecom data retention law

German telecom and Internet operators could once again be forced to store customer traffic and location metadata for police investigation purposes, five years after a previous data retention law was declared unconstitutional.

AdBlock Plus again declared legal by a German court

For the second time in two months a German court has ruled that Adblock Plus, the browser extension for filtering ads, is legal.

EU plans mandatory cross-border rules to fight corporate tax evasion

In a bid to fight tax avoidance by international business behemoths like Amazon and Apple, the European Commission is proposing mandatory rules to make companies pay taxes to all the countries in which they generate profit.

EU plunges ahead with Amazon probe despite change to tax practices

Amazon has changed its tax-payment practices in Europe, but that is not going to halt the European Commission's investigation into what it considers to be a likely illegal tax deal with Luxembourg.

Skype to face Belgium criminal court after failure to hand over call data

Skype will have to appear in a Belgian criminal court after ignoring a judge's order to give law enforcement officials access to data from calls between suspected criminals.

Yandex tries to improve privacy features of its new browser

Russian Internet company Yandex has released a beta version of its new browser that the company says is more privacy-friendly than an earlier build.

EU Parliament votes for tougher rules on use of conflict minerals

The European Parliament wants to apply strict disclosure requirements on companies whose products contain so-called conflict materials, often used in laptops, tablets and smartphones and other consumer electronics.

No encryption back doors, says EU digital commissioner

There are no plans to require back doors in communications encryption in Europe, according to European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip. Proposals for mandatory encryption workarounds for mobile devices in the U.S. are the subject of a heated debate.

YouTube Kids hit with second complaint over harmful content

YouTube Kids, a Google app for preschoolers that is supposed to only show safe content, is full of videos that are potentially harmful to children, according to a complaint filed against it in the U.S.

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

The EU needs to impose stronger disclosure requirements over companies whose products contain materials from African mines controlled by warlords. Those companies include makers of computers and consumer electronic products.

A year after the 'right to be forgotten' ruling, Google is not very likely to forget about you

A year after the European Union's top court gave Europeans a right to be forgotten by search engines, it is most likely that Google will still remember you after you filed a request to disappear from its search listings.

Uber starts experimenting with cash payments in India

Uber, known for its no-hassle, no-cash payment system for rides, will start testing cash payments in India in the coming week.

Good reviews spell bad legal news for Airbnb host

Good reviews are generally a welcome thing for Airbnb hosts, but in an Amsterdam court case they provided evidence leading to the eviction of a man who was subletting a rental home intended for low-income tenants.

Ericsson takes patent royalty fight with Apple to European courts

Following up on lawsuits in the U.S., a dispute between Ericsson and Apple over royalty payments has now moved also to Europe.

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