Stories by Loek Essers

Former Commissioner Neelie Kroes lands job attracting startups to the Netherlands

Proving that there is life after the European Commission even if you are 73 years old, Dutch former Commissioner Neelie Kroes is to take on a role as special envoy for the startup scene in the Netherlands.

Mass surveillance programs do not violate human rights, UK tribunal rules

Internet mass surveillance programs are lawful and do not violate human rights, a U.K. tribunal has ruled.

EU ministers backpedal on one-stop data protection shop plan

European Union countries members are backpedaling on a plan that would give U.S. tech firms a one-stop shop to deal with data protection issues in the EU.

EU proposal for automated car emergency calls addresses privacy concerns

The European Union has ironed out privacy concerns in a proposed law that would make it mandatory for vehicles to have systems that automatically call emergency services in case of a crash.

EU, US officials seize 292 domain names to protect consumers during holiday season

The holiday season is rife with online rip-offs. In a move to protect consumers, law enforcement officials have seized 292 domain names for sites that allegedly were selling counterfeit goods.

To relieve 'password fatigue', Intel buys identity management company

Intel is strengthening its effort to reduce what it calls the "pain of passwords" by acquiring PasswordBox, a Canadian company that offers an online identity manager designed to let users log on to a range of websites and services with just one click.

France, Germany want EU to take a tougher stance on tech firms

Germany and France have put pressure on the European Commission to take a closer look at how big tech companies operate in the European Union, a move which could lead to tougher competition regulation for companies such as Google, Apple, Amazon.com and Facebook.

EU net neutrality discussions to continue into the next year

The European Union's net neutrality legislation isn't dead yet: EU telecommunications ministers discussing the issue Thursday delayed a decision on the proposed law until next year.

European Parliament calls on Commission to consider breaking up Google

In a move widely seen as targeting Google, European Union legislators have called on antitrust regulators to consider unbundling search engines from other commercial services as a way of maintaining competition in the search market.

Pressure mounts in Europe for strict net neutrality

Civil society groups, members of the European Parliament, and the European Commission's vice president responsible for the digital single market have all called on European member states to stick with strict net neutrality rules.

EU wants Google to apply 'right to be forgotten' delistings to global .com domain

Google should start applying the European Union's "right to be forgotten" to its global, .com domain, European privacy regulators say.

EU sees harmonizing telecoms and online content rules key to €315B economic growth plan

Removing regulatory barriers in the European Union's telecommunications, e-commerce and digital media markets is one of the European Commission's top priorities in a €315 billion investment plan that aims to boost jobs and growth in Europe.

UK faults tech firm for not alerting authorities before soldier's murder

The U.K. has faulted an unnamed tech company for failing to flag a conversation that played a crucial role in planning the murder of a British soldier.

60 things European legislators don't want Canada to learn about air passengers

Here's one flight delay that European Union citizens might appreciate: The European Parliament has grounded an agreement that would have sent more passenger data winging its way to Canadian law enforcers. And like other flight delays, it could have huge repercussions -- in this case for similar data exchange deals with the U.S. and Australia.

Breaking up Google is just one possible antritrust option, EU lawmakers say

Breaking up Google by separating its search engine from other commercial services is only one of the actions the European Commission could take to resolve the company's antitrust problems, say members of Parliament who are proposing the split.

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