Loek Essers

Amsterdam Correspondent

Loek Essers focuses on online privacy, intellectual property, open source, and online payment issues for the IDG News Service.


Google tells its publisher partners to comply with EU cookie directive

The company detailed the requirement in its new EU User Consent Policy

Belgian government phishing test goes off-track

A drill caused confusion when a regional government impersonated a rail company without informing it

UK High Court gives government nine months to rewrite data retention law

A hastily-introduced law forcing communications operators to retain metadata for law enforcement use is unlawful, the UK High Court said

Qualcomm hit with two EU antitrust probes

The European Commission is investigating whether Qualcomm abused its market position, and whether it engaged in predatory pricing

EU air passenger data retention system ready for take-off, says Parliament

Passengers flying into or out of the EU could have their personal data stored in law enforcement databases for up to five years

Huawei buys software networking tech from Irish Amartus

The acquisition will help Huawei's expansion in Europe

Europe prepares to enforce its take on net neutrality

With the publication of a draft telecommunications law, the European Union's plans for net neutrality are clear

Austrian court dismisses class action suit against Facebook

The court said it has no jurisdiction over the case; the complainant plans to appeal

EU sets June 2017 as date to end mobile roaming charges

A compromise on roaming regulations agreed on Monday night still needs approval from member states and the European Parliament

Pressure mounts in EU to treat Facebook and Twitter as critical infrastructure

The move would subject them to the rules on network protection and data breach notification as banks and energy networks.

EU faces IT staff shortfall of 825,000, redoubles training

Four more countries have launched public-private partnerships to fund IT training across the EU

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