Dutch bank ING has stepped back from a plan that would have seen its customers' payment histories used to serve them targeted ads after consumer groups and customers objected.
The latest tech news from Belgium and the Netherlands.
Martin began his IT career in 1998 covering games and gadgets, only to discover that the scope of his interests extended far beyond that. Ironically, where he used to cover 'anything with a plug', he now focuses on the wireless world. A self-pronounced Apple enthusiast who can't live without his Windows PC, he writes tech news, reviews and tutorials for the Dutch market and stories about flying elephants for his two sons.
GCHQ is reportedly monitoring communications carried by five sub-sea cables that come ashore on the Belgian coast.
But the Dutch telco isn't saying yet when customers might be able to use the higher-speed successor to current-generation 4G.
Dutch cable company Ziggo is planning to get video-on-demand players to pay up to guarantee a better quality of service for its customers that use such services.
ING is planning a targeted advertising pilot later this year with thousands of customers – but questions are already being raised about the privacy implications.
The Belgian telco has seen speeds of 200Mbps in a recent pilot.
The Netherlands' biggest telco has stopped blocking its customers' access to the torrent website after reaching a deal with BREIN.
The Dutch telco will begin offering Silent Circle's encrypted comms apps, and later on, its Blackphone handset.
The Court of Justice in the Hague has ruled that fingerprints gathered from individuals getting a new passport can't be held centrally and used in criminal investigations.
Strict legislation in the Belgian capital meant that the home of the European Commission is only now getting access to LTE - but citywide coverage is still at least a year away.
Telco UPC is planning to have 500,000 of its customers sharing their networks before too long.
A working quantum computer took a step closer this week with the announcement of improvements in detecting and subsequently correcting errors that occur during the storage process of quantum states.
A difficult economy and falling revenues from traditional services are having an impact on the company's bottom line.
Mobile makers can no longer block 4G access for certain networks on their devices - a decision that's largely targeted at Apple.
The Court of Justice in the Hague has ruled that two of the Netherlands' ISPs don't have to keep blocking their users' access to the torrent site.
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- 4 Netherlands gets second 4G network as Vodafone LTE goes live
- 5 Belgacom clears up after hack attempt