Stories by Loek Essers

Cloud computing services could be subject to extra data protection checks in Europe

Cloud providers seeking business from EU institutions could become subject to more scrutiny from the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS).

Internet companies press for net neutrality in FCC filing

An association of more than two dozen technology companies including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Netflix urged the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Monday to create strong, enforceable net neutrality rules for wired and mobile networks.

Google to tour Europe to discuss right-to-be-forgotten ruling

Google is going to tour Europe with a band of external advisers this fall to discuss a landmark ruling by Europe's top court that gave people the right to have personal information excluded from search engine listings in Europe.

Germany asks US intelligence chief in country to leave over spying affair

The top American intelligence officer in Germany has been asked to leave the country in the wake of revelations about National Security Agency spying and two recent cases in which the U.S. reportedly recruited German spies.

EU questions Facebook competitors over WhatsApp deal

Several Facebook and WhatsApp competitors were sent questionnaires by the European Commission asking them about the effect that the US$19 billion deal between the companies could have on competition, people familiar with the matter have confirmed.

Tor exit node operator convicted of abetting spread of child porn

The operator of a Tor server used by someone to download a pornographic image of a minor has been given a three-month suspended prison sentence by an Austrian court for abetting access to pornographic images of minors.

EMC acquires TwinStrata to push corporate data into the cloud

Storage vendor EMC has scooped up cloud storage management company TwinStrata, the companies announced Tuesday.

Don't touch Bitcoin till we come up with some rules, regulator warns European banks

Don't buy, hold or sell Bitcoin or other virtual currencies until a proper regulatory regime is in place, the European Banking Authority (EBA) warned European banks on Friday.

Google tells UK media which of their stories it is hiding from search results

Google has informed several U.K. media which of their news articles it is hiding in search results shown to European Union users as a consequence of a recent EU court ruling that gives people the "right to be forgotten" by search engines under certain circumstances.

EU court orders more transparency over US-EU terrorist finance tracking program

The European Union's top court has ordered EU institutions to lift the veil on negotiations over sending EU citizens' banking data to U.S. authorities in an effort to identify and combat terrorism.

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ISPs sue UK spooks over network spying

A coalition of ISPs and communication providers from around the world filed a legal complaint against the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), calling for an end to its alleged attacking and exploitation of network infrastructure to gain access to potentially millions of people's private communications.

Europe investing €5 billion to boost electronics sector

The European Commission is partnering with the private sector to invest €5 billion (US$6.8 billion) in Europe's electronics sector.

Europe cuts roaming charges, plans to eliminate them by end of next year

More European mobile operators should offer free international roaming, following the example set by U.S. operator T-Mobile, a European Commission vice president said Monday.

Austrian court axes data retention law following EU high court ruling

A court in Austria has ruled that the country's data retention law is unconstitutional as it violates fundamental European privacy rights.

Google starts removing 'right to be forgotten' search results

Google has begun removing search results in compliance with a European court ruling that search engine providers must respond to requests to delete links to outdated information about a person.