Stories by Loek Essers

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

Facebook tracks everyone who visits its site, including people who don't have an account, and even continues to track users and non-users who have opted out of targeted ads, researchers at two Belgian universities have found.

Abolish geoblocking? Not so fast, says EU digital Commissioner

The European Commission last week announced it plans to eliminate geoblocking in order to let everyone in the European Union tune in to the same movies at the same time and allow more cross-border shopping. One of the EU's digital Commissioners, though, has spoken out against a fast reform.

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

The U.K. Court of Appeal won't block a privacy lawsuit that alleges Google tracked Safari users without authorization, so the three plaintiffs can continue their legal fight against the search company.

Uber's Amsterdam office raided by Dutch authorities

Uber keeps crashing into laws and regulations in Europe, but it's keeping the foot on the accelerator.

E-commerce companies face EU antitrust probe

The European Commission plans a competition inquiry into cross-border trading by companies such as Amazon.com.

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

Letting EU citizens watch movies online anywhere and simplifying cross-border e-commerce are key European Commission efforts to unify the continent's digital market.

Online electronics retailers raided by EU antitrust officials

European Union antitrust investigators have raided the offices of a number of companies involved in the online sale of consumer electronics products, officials said Wednesday.

Dutch service providers must delete retained telecom data

Dutch telecom providers have to delete data that had been retained under the now-scrapped data retention law, unless it is needed for business purposes.

Server heating startup teams with energy company to heat Dutch homes

A Dutch utility is inviting five families to use radiator-sized servers to heat their living rooms for free.

Case that could overturn EU-US data exchange deal to be heard by top EU court

U.S. companies' ability to process personal information from European Union citizens will be challenged in the European Union's highest court on Tuesday.

Leaked FTC antitrust report gives EU cover to rule against Google

A leaked report by U.S. Federal Trade Commission staff gives the European Commission political cover to rule against Google as it moves forward with its own antitrust inquiry, sources familiar with the process said.

Opera buys VPN service to help protect user privacy

Norwegian browser developer Opera Software has bought virtual private network service SurfEasy to help its users protect their privacy when accessing the Web from smartphones, tablets and computers.

UberPop banned by German court

The Frankfurt Regional Court has issued a nationwide ban against Uber ride-hailing service UberPop, declaring its business model illegal.

UK government filing raises fears about misuse of hacking powers

A legal filing by the U.K. government has raised fears that the country's intelligence service GCHQ is misusing its powers to hack telecommunications companies in other countries.

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

A Brussels court has ruled that Belgian ISPs don't have to pay copyright levies for offering access to copyright protected materials online.