Stories by Loek Essers

Tech industry redoubles efforts to fight US gov't encryption backdoors

Groups representing major IT companies have warned U.S. President Barack Obama again not to go through with measures that would undermine encryption technologies. Such policies would undermine privacy and compromise the security of tech products and services, they said.

UK spies sued over phone data collection scheme already banned in US

In an effort to put an end to the bulk data collection of phone records and other large datasets from millions of people, campaign group Privacy International has filed a complaint with a U.K. court.

Trade treaty negotiations can remain secret, EU court rules

The European Union's top court has ruled that documents containing details of trade negotiations can remain secret, a decision that comes as a blow to those seeking more transparency in the negotiation of the treaties that are increasingly affecting e-commerce, online privacy, Internet copyright and other uses of IT.

Microsoft lets EU governments inspect source code for security issues

European governments will be able to review the source code of Microsoft products to confirm they don't contain security backdoors, at a transparency center the company opened in Brussels on Wednesday.

EU, US officials close in on broad privacy accords

After years of thorny negotiations, top EU and U.S. officials say they are close to agreement on two privacy accords that would regulate the transfer of personal data of European citizens to the U.S.

Facebook says 'oui' to AI with Paris research team

Along with its enormous success, Facebook has a giant, growing TMI (too much information) problem: how to help its almost one and a half billion users sort through the onslaught of news reports, photos, messages, and posts generated on the social network around the world every day.

Disconnect files EU antitrust complaint against Google after app ban

Disconnect.me, maker of an Android privacy app banned from the Play store, has filed an antitrust complaint with the European Commssion accusing Google of abusing its dominant market position.

Google's new privacy settings page aims to gives users more control

Google has launched a centralized hub that lets users manage the privacy and security controls of all its services, and introduced a site with information about these topics.

EU online electronics retailers still don't all comply with guarantee laws

Almost one in five electronics retailers are still not providing consumers with enough information about their legal rights to a guarantee, according to the European Commission.

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.