Stories by Loek Essers

Austrian privacy campaigner files 'class action' suit against Facebook over privacy policy

By Loek Essers | 01 August, 2014 20:58

Privacy campaign group Europe-v-Facebook is inviting Facebook users outside the U.S. and Canada to join a lawsuit against the company, which it alleges violates privacy laws.

'Right to be forgotten' ruling is unworkable and misguided, UK Lords say

By Loek Essers | 31 July, 2014 00:08 | 1 Comment

The EU court ruling that gives people the "right to be forgotten" by search engines is misguided in principle and unworkable in practice, said a U.K. House of Lords subcommittee Wednesday.

Privacy groups call for action to stop Facebook's off site user tracking plans

By Loek Essers | 29 July, 2014 20:42

U.S. and EU privacy and consumer groups called on privacy regulators to stop Facebook's plans to gather the Internet browsing patterns of its users while they visit other sites.

EU, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo meet on 'right to be forgotten' but questions remain

By Loek Essers | 25 July, 2014 23:57

European data protection authorities still have questions after meeting with Google, Microsoft and Yahoo about the implementation of a recent ruling that gave European citizens the right to be forgotten by search engines.

EU hears Google, Microsoft, Yahoo on 'right to be forgotten'

By Loek Essers | 25 July, 2014 01:46

Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are meeting with European data protection authorities Thursday to discuss how to implement a recent ruling that gives people the right to have personal information excluded from search results.

Dutch spy agencies can receive NSA data, court rules

By Loek Essers | 24 July, 2014 01:01

Dutch intelligence services can receive bulk data that might have been obtained by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) through mass data interception programs, even though collecting data that way is illegal for the Dutch services, the Hague District Court ruled Wednesday.

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.

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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.