Loek Essers

Amsterdam Correspondent

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

Big tech companies back Samsung in Apple patent fight

EU hits Qualcomm with two antitrust probes

EU hits Qualcomm with two antitrust probes

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

EU sets June 2017 as date to end mobile roaming charges

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.

Google gets extra time to respond to European antitrust charges

Google gets extra time to respond to European antitrust charges

Google managed to push the resolution of the antitrust case brought against it by the European Commission until after the long summer vacation.

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

Pressure is mounting in the European Union to subject companies including Google, Twitter, eBay and Facebook to the same critical IT infrastructure security requirements as banks or energy networks.

Google's foes have 4 weeks to comment on antitrust charges

Google's foes have 4 weeks to comment on antitrust charges

The European Commission has sent complainants a redacted version of the antitrust charges it intends to bring against Google

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

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

The European Union faces a huge shortfall of qualified IT staff in Europe by 2020, prompting EU countries to redouble efforts to offer technology training.

EU Council pushes data-privacy reform forward

EU Council pushes data-privacy reform forward

But the proposal does not go far enough, say privacy organizations and industry lobby groups.

Amazon's e-book distribution contracts could be illegal, says EU

Amazon's e-book distribution contracts could be illegal, says EU

Amazon.com's e-book distribution deals are coming under close scrutiny from the European Commission, which launched a formal antitrust investigation into the company's contracts with publishers.

Tech industry renews efforts to fight US gov't encryption backdoors

Tech industry renews efforts to fight US gov't encryption backdoors

Groups representing major IT companies have warned President Obama not to go through with measures that would thwart encryption technologies. Such policies would undermine privacy and compromise the security of tech products and...

Microsoft lets EU governments inspect source code for security issues

Microsoft lets EU governments inspect source code for security issues

European governments will be able to review the source code of Microsoft products to confirm they don't contain security backdoors at a transparency center the company opened in Brussels on Wednesday.

Disconnect files EU antitrust complaint against Google after app ban

Disconnect files EU antitrust complaint against Google after app ban

Google called the complaint baseless and said Disconnect's app simply violates its app store rules.

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