After the Netherlands decided that downloading pirate content was illegal in the country earlier this month, the country's politicians are calling for a debate on the ban.
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.
When the Netherlands' intelligence agency took to Twitter to answer questions from Dutch citizens, hilarity really did ensue.
After years of turning a blind eye, an EU ruling means the Dutch government will have to act on illegal downloaders.
The Dutch parliament has voted in favour of legislation that will allow drone surveillance where public safety is at risk.
Apple has reached a deal with a Belgian consumer group that will see it forced to be clearer about what warranties they are entitled to by law and the extras that Cupertino offers.
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.
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.
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