Stories by Loek Essers

PlayStation network back online after DDoS attack

By Loek Essers | 25 August, 2014 22:11

Sony's PlayStation and Entertainment networks are back online after they were forced offline by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, the company said late Sunday.

Austrian court rejects Facebook 'class action' privacy suit, refers it to another court

By Loek Essers | 08 August, 2014 22:08

A 'class action' suit against Facebook over its privacy policies was rejected by the commercial court of Vienna, and referred to the regional court in the same city, a commercial court spokesman said Friday.

Wikimedia: Right to be forgotten results in 'Internet riddled with memory holes'

By Loek Essers | 07 August, 2014 02:44

Google has removed over 50 links to Wikipedia from its search results on European domains as a consequence of the EU's "right to be forgotten" ruling which, according to Wikimedia, "punches holes in free knowledge."

As Facebook privacy suit reaches 25,000 participant target, court is still unsure if it will allow it

By Loek Essers | 06 August, 2014 20:50

An Austrian 'class action' lawsuit against Facebook over the company's privacy policies is expected to reach a limit of 25,000 participants on Wednesday. It remains however uncertain if the commercial court in Vienna will accept the case.

Over 11,000 jump on European 'class action' privacy suit against Facebook

By Loek Essers | 05 August, 2014 00:45

A lawsuit filed in Austria against Facebook over the company's privacy policies has gathered over 11,500 participants since Friday, raising the claim against the company to €5.75 million (US$7.7 million), complainant Europe-v-Facebook said Monday.

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.

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