Stories by Loek Essers

EU net neutrality legislation under threat from Italian proposals, says rights group

European Union legislation on net neutrality is under threat, as Italy is seeking to water down a draft already adopted by the European Parliament, a digital rights group has warned.

Data exchange talks lag, jeopardizing US firms' ability to operate in Europe

Thanks to revelations about government spying, a revamped version of a 15-year-old agreement governing the exchange of personal data between EU and the U.S. still seems a long way off, threatening the ability of American companies to do business in Europe.

This is how Google is dealing with 'right to be forgotten' requests

Google is employing a big team of lawyers, engineers and paralegals who have so far evaluated over half a million URLs that were requested to be delisted from search results by European citizens, the company said.

As Microsoft battles feds on email access, Ireland asks EU to join the fight

The Irish government is turning to the European Commission for help dealing with U.S. demands for email stored in Microsoft servers in Ireland and allegedly containing information on drug trafficking. If the Department of Justice gets its way, it may end up bypassing European data protection laws, the Irish government said in a request for legal guidance.

Swedish ISP to let users shield Internet activity from police

Swedes have started to sign up for a free service from ISP Bahnhof to hide their Internet communications metadata from the police, and the company's CEO is urging other European ISPs to follow suit.

Facebook work collaboration tool makes sense, but could be another distraction, analysts say

Facebook is working on a collaboration tool for businesses called "Facebook at Work" in a bid to compete with similar tools from Google, LinkedIn and Microsoft.

European Commission could overhaul planned telecom legislation

The new European Commission is taking a fresh look at the long-planned overhaul of EU telecom legislation, possibly making fundamental changes to legislative proposals for strict net neutrality rules -- a move that would be welcomed by operators.

Facebook pushes for more payments, more targeted ads with new privacy policy

Facebook has updated its privacy policy, making it shorter, clearer and easier to read. But the update also paves the way for a broader payments push and more targeted ads.

No, you can't seize country TLDs, US court rules

In a landmark ruling that signals a win for the current system of Internet governance, a U.S. court has quashed an attempt to seize Iran's, Syria's and North Korea's domains as part of a lawsuit against those countries' governments.

Google urges US government to extend the US Privacy Act to EU citizens

The U.S. government should give European citizens whose personal data is sent to U.S. authorities the same privacy protections that American citizens already enjoy in the EU, Google's top lawyer has said ahead of trans-Atlantic talks.

EU antitrust chief wants new talks with Google complainants

To get up to speed with the Google antitrust investigation, the EU's new antitrust Commissioner wants to talk to parties that are directly affected by the case.

Gnome Foundation charges Groupon with trademark hijacking, pleads for help

The Gnome Foundation is claiming Groupon has infringed on its trademark and is seeking financial and community support to finance its fight.

German spy agency seeks millions to monitor social networks outside Germany

Germany's foreign intelligence agency reportedly wants to spend €300 million (about US$375 million) in the next five years on technology that would let it spy in real time on social networks outside of Germany, and decrypt and monitor encrypted Internet traffic.

Apple offers former iPhone users way to stop it hijacking their text messages

Apple is at last offering a simple way for former iPhone users to receive text messages sent into limbo by the company's iMessage service.

Pirate Bay co-founder sentenced to 3.5 years imprisonment in Denmark

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has been sentenced by the Court of Frederiksberg in Denmark to three-and-a-half years in jail for hacking and serious vandalism.