Stories by Loek Essers

Swedish prosecutor wants to interview Assange in London

Swedish prosecutors have asked to interview WikiLeaks front-man Julian Assange in London, as the Swedish statute of limitations gives them only until August to bring charges on allegations of sexual molestation. The prosecutors also want Assange to give a DNA sample.

EU law makers to discuss whether Facebook qualifies as critical infrastructure

European legislators are about to reopen a debate on whether Facebook and Twitter should be subject to the same rules as power grids and payment services for protecting critical IT infrastructure and the data it carries.

Get a move on with the Google antitrust case, EU Parliament tells Commission

The European Commission's antitrust investigation into Google's search practices should be resolved right away, because otherwise it risks losing its credibility on digital issues, according to Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

Dutch court scraps telecommunications data retention law

The Dutch data retention law requiring telecommunications operators and ISPs to store customer metadata for police investigations was scrapped by the District Court of the Hague on Wednesday.

Wikimedia sues NSA to stop it from spying on its users

In an effort to stop the U.S. government from spying on Wikipedia's readers and editors, the Wikimedia Foundation will sue the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Privacy advocates worry ahead of EU data protection talks

European privacy advocates are deeply worried that proposals made by European Union countries will undermine the basic principles of data protection.

SAP to cut 2,200 jobs, plans to recreate them in other parts of the company

SAP will cut over 2,200 jobs this year in activities where it sees no future, but plans to create others around cloud services and its HANA in-memory database offering, where it sees more potential.

No reduced tax rate for e-books, top EU court rules

E-books must be subject to the full rate of value-added tax (VAT), and European Union countries may not extend tax exemptions for books to include e-books, the EU's highest court ruled Thursday, adding that it considers downloadable e-books to be services.

EU countries agree on watered-down roaming and net neutrality plans

European Union countries have proposed keeping roaming charges around at least until mid-2018, going against proposals from the European Parliament and Commission for their all-out abolition by the end of the year.

Google's Schmidt meets EU competition chief to discuss antitrust woes

Google chairman Eric Schmidt and other company officials have met with the EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager to discuss the ongoing antitrust investigation into Google's search practices.

EU data protection reform 'badly broken,' civil liberty groups warn

Leaked documents show that the European Union's data protection is on its way to become an empty shell devoid of meaning, European civil rights groups warned Tuesday.

Europe's political youth organizations demand strict net neutrality rules

European political youth organizations have demanded that European countries draft strict and clear net neutrality rules that prevent ISPs from discriminating against certain Internet traffic.

Iran ready to work with Google, other global Internet companies

Iran is ready to cooperate with Google and other global Internet companies to allow them to operate in the country, according to Iranian media reports.

Chip makers NXP and Freescale plan merger, focusing on car chips and wearables

Chip makers NXP Semiconductors Freescale Semiconductor are to merge, creating a US$40 billion company that, they say, leads the market in automotive chips and general-purpose microcontrollers.

Google agrees to Italian privacy authority audits in the US

Google has agreed to on-the-spot audits at its U.S. headquarters in order to comply with Italy's data protection laws.