Stories by Loek Essers

Privacy tsar to EC: Wrap up EU-US data exchange talks quickly or else

The European Commission must soon strike a deal to regulate personal data transfers of EU citizens to the U.S., Germany's federal data protection commissioner warned, saying further delays could trigger a suspension of those transfers, with dire economic consequences.

Written by Loek Essers28 Jan. 15 04:08

Dutch authorities fine Uber €10,000 a pop

Dutch authorities have started fining ride-hailing service Uber Technologies €10,000 (about US$11,200) every time they catch a driver using the UberPop service, which is banned in the Netherlands.

Written by Loek Essers23 Jan. 15 23:59

Dutch e-book resale site has to close for now, court rules

Dutch e-book resale site Tom Kabinet has to close because, at least at the moment, it cannot prove that all the books offered for sale on the site have been legally obtained, an Amsterdam court ruled Tuesday.

Written by Loek Essers21 Jan. 15 02:39

Copyright law needs overhaul to meet Internet needs, says EU lawmaker

European copyright laws are too fragmented and ill-suited to online usage today: Legislators drafting new rules should limit copyright terms; allow unrestricted hypertext linking; exempt public-sector works from copyright; harmonize rules to simplify cross-border commerce, and restrict the use of DRM.

Written by Loek Essers20 Jan. 15 03:25

US and UK to step up cyber defense efforts

The U.S. and Britain are stepping up their collaboration to fight digital threats. They are planning to launch more attacks against each other to test their defenses and scare away possible enemies.

Written by Loek Essers16 Jan. 15 22:25

Last call for last-minute flight booking charges, EU court rules

It's last call for last-minute flight booking charges in Europe: Websites must show the total price for a flight right from the outset, and not wait till the last screen before booking to display additional charges, the European Union's top court ruled on Thursday.

Written by Loek Essers15 Jan. 15 23:42