Loek Essers

Amsterdam Correspondent

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

Chaos Computer Club bolsters NSA spying complaint with Tor snooping evidence

The Chaos Computer Club wants new evidence to prompt an investigation into mass surveillance of German citizens

Exposing hidden domain registrations could hurt innocent users more than criminals

Proxy services to hide details of domain registrants from the Whois database should be allowed, a researcher said

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

It is the first time a U.K. official has commented on the government's "vague surveillance legal framework", Privacy International said

Apple devices held hostage using Find My iPhone

Hackers are demanding ransoms to unlock devices that were locked with the Find My iPhone tool, according to forum posts

Don't upload health care data to Google cloud, UK groups say

Such sensitive data should never be uploaded to a provider outside the jurisdiction of the U.K, the groups said

NSA created 'European bazaar' to spy on EU citizens, Snowden tells European Parliament

National spy agencies across Europe are allowing the NSA to piece together their data into a larger picture, Snowden said

Pirate Bay co-founder will be extradited to Denmark

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg is wanted for questioning in a hacking case

Privacy group files OECD complaints over UK telco spying

While the OECD isn't a court and cannot impose sanctions, Privacy International hopes to get answers

Botnet likely caused spike in number of Tor clients

Botnet likely caused spike in number of Tor clients

So far, the network is still working, but measures need to be taken for the future, Tor said

Despite Pirate Bay block, downloading increases in the Netherlands

Increased use of legal channels is unlikely to be caused by the blockades, researchers said

Pirate Bay rolls out Web browser to elude censorship

The browser only circumvents censorship, The Pirate Bay said

Ecuador considering Snowden's asylum request

Ecuador's minister of foreign affairs comments on asylum request at a press conference

Apple received thousands of data requests from US law enforcers

Apple received thousands of data requests from US law enforcers

Investigating robberies or searching for missing persons are among the most common reasons for requests, Apple said

Even before NSA scandal, US residents worried about privacy breaches

US residents feel that they have little or no control over the type of information that is collected and used

Dutch bill seeks to give law enforcement hacking powers

Dutch law enforcement should be allowed to break into computers outside the Netherlands when necessary, the draft bill said

Hackers could start abusing electric car chargers to cripple the grid, researcher says

If we don't start securing systems today, it will become a problem in 10 years, the researcher said

Hackers turn a Canon EOS camera into a remote surveillance tool

The Canon EOS 1D-X camera is not designed with security in mind, a researcher said

Apple, BlackBerry, others sued over security patents

The companies allegedly infringe on biometric encryption and document security technologies, according to court filings

Facebook deleted all EU facial recognition data, regulators confirm

Both the Irish data protection commissioner and a German regulator confirmed Facebook deleted the data

Facebook sued over App Center data sharing in Germany

Facebook should ask users' explicit consent before sharing their data with third parties, German consumer organizations say

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