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

Trillion-dollar world trade deal aims to make IT products cheaper

WTO members negotiated to cut tariffs on more than 200 tech products

Belgian government phishing test goes off-track

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

Big tech companies back Samsung in Apple patent fight

Samsung is whittling away at a four-year-old $1B damages award, and has asked the court to cut another $399M

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

EU Parliament takes strong stance against geoblocking

The report makes the Parliament's copyright reform wishes clear to the European Commission

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

BBC unveils final version of micro:bit coding device for kids

Kids can program the micro:bit board to display an LED pattern with no prior knowledge, the BBC said

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