Stories by Loek Essers

EU privacy watchdogs to quiz Google, Microsoft on 'right to be forgotten'

By Loek Essers | 18 July, 2014 01:55

European privacy authorities have invited Google, Microsoft and Yahoo to discuss the implementation of a landmark ruling by Europe's top court that gives people the right to have personal information excluded from search results.

Chaos Computer Club bolsters NSA spying complaint with Tor snooping evidence

By Loek Essers | 17 July, 2014 22:06

The German Chaos Computer Club said Wednesday that it has added to its legal complaint about U.S. spying on German citizens evidence that the NSA allegedly snooped on at least one of its Tor servers.

Google to tour Europe to discuss right-to-be-forgotten ruling

By Loek Essers | 11 July, 2014 20:38

Google is going to tour Europe with a band of external advisers this fall to discuss a landmark ruling by Europe's top court that gave people the right to have personal information excluded from search engine listings in Europe.

Google tells UK media which of their stories it is hiding from search results

By Loek Essers | 04 July, 2014 01:13

Google has informed several U.K. media which of their news articles it is hiding in search results shown to European Union users as a consequence of a recent EU court ruling that gives people the "right to be forgotten" by search engines under certain circumstances.

EU court orders more transparency over US-EU terrorist finance tracking program

By Loek Essers | 03 July, 2014 22:39

The European Union's top court has ordered EU institutions to lift the veil on negotiations over sending EU citizens' banking data to U.S. authorities in an effort to identify and combat terrorism.

ISPs sue UK spooks over network spying

By Loek Essers | 02 July, 2014 20:40

A coalition of ISPs and communication providers from around the world filed a legal complaint against the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), calling for an end to its alleged attacking and exploitation of network infrastructure to gain access to potentially millions of people's private communications.

Austrian court axes data retention law following EU high court ruling

By Loek Essers | 27 June, 2014 20:23

A court in Austria has ruled that the country's data retention law is unconstitutional as it violates fundamental European privacy rights.

Google starts removing 'right to be forgotten' search results

By Loek Essers | 26 June, 2014 21:11

Google has begun removing search results in compliance with a European court ruling that search engine providers must respond to requests to delete links to outdated information about a person.

Exposing hidden domain registrations could hurt innocent users more than criminals

By Loek Essers | 23 June, 2014 23:35

Banning the use of privacy and proxy services to hide details of domain name registrants would scarcely inconvenience criminals but would have privacy implications for lawful users of those services, according to a study.

Europe's top court to review personal data exchange between EU and US

By Loek Essers | 18 June, 2014 21:45

The Irish High Court has referred to a 14-year-old agreement governing the exchange of personal data between the European Union and the U.S. to the EU's top court.

British spies are allowed to intercept Google and Facebook traffic, official says

By Loek Essers | 17 June, 2014 23:17

British spies are authorized to spy on British citizens' Internet communications transiting through servers outside the U.K., a civil rights group has discovered.

Vodafone granted governments direct access to its networks for surveillance

By Loek Essers | 06 June, 2014 21:23

Vodafone has granted governments direct access to its networks in several countries, allowing them to listen to all conversations on those networks, the company said Friday.

Apple devices held hostage using Find My iPhone

By Loek Essers | 27 May, 2014 20:47

Hackers appear to be exploiting Apple's Find My iPhone service to lock up phones and tablets and send ransom demands to their owners.

Assange names country targeted by NSA's MYSTIC mass phone tapping program

By Loek Essers | 23 May, 2014 22:09

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has been recording and storing nearly all domestic and international phone calls from Afghanistan, according to Wikileaks' front man Julian Assange.

Hackers hit eBay database containing personal info, users asked to change passwords

By Loek Essers | 22 May, 2014 00:38

EBay is asking users to change their passwords after attackers gained unauthorized access to eBay's corporate network, compromising a database containing encrypted passwords and other personal data.

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Warning: Tips for secure mobile holiday shopping

I’m dating myself, but I remember when holiday shopping involved pouring through ads in the Sunday paper, placing actual phone calls from tethered land lines to research product stock and availability, and actually driving places to pick things up. Now, holiday shoppers can do all of that from a smartphone or tablet in a few seconds, but there are some security pitfalls to be aware of.