Loek Essers

Amsterdam Correspondent

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


Trade treaty negotiations can remain secret, EU court rules

Leaks are becoming increasingly important to finding how trade negotiations will affect e-commerce, copyrights, and online privacy

EU plans mandatory cross-border rules to fight corporate tax evasion

To combat tax avoidance schemes by companies like Amazon and Apple, taxes would be paid to countries in which profits are generated

Mozilla may offer new browser features only on secure websites

Non-secure HTTP sites will not get access to new browser features, Mozilla says

Proving Google's abuse could be difficult for the EU

A multibillion dollar fine imposed on Google is unlikely, one antitrust expert said

EU hits Google with antitrust charges, starts investigation into Android

The bundling of apps with Android is one of the practices that the European Commission is examining in its new investigation

Free tool may decrypt files encrypted by CoinVault ransomware

Dutch police obtained CoinVault decryption keys and have shared them with the world

Wikimedia sues NSA to stop it from spying on its users

People might refrain from sharing unpopular information on Wikipedia dues to mass surveillance, Wikimedia said

SAP to cut 2,200 jobs, hopes to recreate them around cloud services, HANA

The restructuring will affect about 3 percent of SAP's employees, but there will be no impact on customers, SAP said

Temporary sales ban hits SanDisk's SSD server business

The ban could also have consequences for server vendors IBM, Huawei, Lenovo, and Supermicro

Glitch in OS X search can expose private details of Apple Mail users

Performing a Spotlight search opens email previews that load external images, even when the Mail client is asked not to do this

Microsoft files suit against alleged tech support scammers

Over one-third of U.S. citizens contacted by scammers fall for the scam, according to Microsoft

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