Stories by Loek Essers

Candidates for EU's data protection job heard by the European Parliament

The European Union is finally moving to replace its data protection supervisor, after Members of the European Parliament interviewed the five candidates shortlisted for the roles of EU data protection supervisor and assistant supervisor on Monday.

ITU gives public more access to talks on future of the Internet

Members of the public will be able to eavesdrop on intergovernmental negotiations about the future of the Internet that began Monday in Busan, South Korea, after participants voted to webcast the meetings.

MasterCard demos a prototype contactless card with a fingerprint sensor

MasterCard is testing a contactless payment card with a built-in fingerprint reader that can authorize high-value payments without requiring the user to enter a PIN.

European Commission takes Belgium, Luxembourg to court over telecom regulators

The European Commission is dragging Belgium and Luxembourg to court, claiming that regulators in the countries are not operating in accordance with EU rules meant to ensure strong competition in the telecom market.

Facebook's 'Safety Check' lets friends know you're safe

During a major disaster, Facebook users can let their friends and family know they are safe by using the new Safety Check tool.

EU bodies should accept new e-signatures in all transactions, says Kroes

Electronic signatures now have legal force across the European Union, but at the highest levels of government too many procedures are still performed on paper, outgoing European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes said Tuesday.

Qualcomm to buy Bluetooth and GPS chip designer CSR for $2.5B

Qualcomm has agreed to buy chip company CSR in a move to strengthen its focus on the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected cars.

S-money invites French Twitter users to make their payments public

What could be better than an app that lets you make payments to friends, charities or crowdfunding sites with a few taps on your smartphone? How about an app that does all that -- and tells everyone what you spent.

#AskAnsip: Proposed EU digital chief to answer questions on Twitter

Anyone with a burning question about the European Union's upcoming tech agenda has the chance to get an answer during a Twitter chat on Wednesday with Andrus Ansip, who could soon be the European Commission's Vice-President of the Digital Single Market.

Europe to get €2.5 billion big data boost

Big data is going to get a big boost from the European Union, which will match an industry consortium's €2 billion investment with €500 million of public money over the next five years.

French Twitter users to be offered Twitter payment service

French Twitter users will be able to send money to one another with a tweet from later this week -- but the payment service isn't run by Twitter.

Proposed EU digital commissioners get green light from Parliament

Andrus Ansip and Günther Oettinger have won informal approval from the European Parliament to be the next EU digital commissioners.

Google, Facebook to discuss online extremism at dinner with EU officials

Google, Twitter, Facebook and Microsoft representatives will discuss concerns about online radicalization and jihadist propaganda with EU officials at an informal dinner on Wednesday.

EU's likely next digital chief takes a swipe at US over data protection

Wasting no time, the European commissioner who could soon be co-leading the EU's digital agenda is already firing warning shots at the U.S. over data protection.

European Commission suspects Amazon has received illegal state aid

Amazon.com may have received illegal state aid from tax authorities in Luxembourg, where the company has a subsidiary that records most of its European profit, according to the European Commission.