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Stories by Loek Essers

EU privacy watchdog weighs in on data protection reform, shares concerns

As European Union lawmakers in the Commission, Parliament and Council debate a new data protection law, the EU's data protection watchdog has chimed in, expressing some concerns and saying individuals' privacy rights should be at the core of the legislation.

Written by Loek Essers29 July 15 02:10

Belgian government phishing test goes off-track

An IT security drill went off the tracks in Belgium, prompting a regional government office to apologize to European high-speed train operator Thalys for involving it without warning.

Written by Loek Essers22 July 15 23:46

Big tech companies back Samsung in Apple patent fight

Tech companies including Google, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Facebook are backing Samsung Electronics as it appeals a court ruling to pay Apple almost US$1 billion in damages in a patent infringement suit.

Written by Loek Essers22 July 15 00:40

Qualcomm hit with two EU antitrust probes

Qualcomm is under investigation by the European Union's antitrust authority, which suspects the company of abusing its dominant position in the market for 3G and 4G chipsets used in smartphones and tablets.

Written by Loek Essers16 July 15 19:58

EU Parliament takes strong stance against geoblocking

A large majority of the European Parliament took a strong stance against geoblocking of online content in a report calling on the European Commission to reform E.U. copyright laws.

Written by Loek Essers10 July 15 23:28

Google's foes have four weeks to comment on EU antitrust charges

The European Commission is almost ready to file final antitrust charges against Google: It has shared a redacted copy of charges with complainants and given them four weeks to provide additional evidence and comments.

Written by Loek Essers20 June 15 01:10

EU Parliament committee moves copyright reform forward

The European Parliament's legal affairs committee is taking a strong stance against geo-blocking online content in a report on copyright reform that is largely in sync with the Commission, which is drafting new legislation intended to tackle issues that have arisen in the digital world.

Written by Loek Essers17 June 15 02:30

Belgian data retention law axed by constitutional court

A Belgian law requiring telecommunications operators and ISPs to store customer metadata for police investigations was axed by the Constitutional Court of Belgium on Thursday because it violates fundamental privacy rights.

Written by Loek Essers12 June 15 01:50