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South Africa: Bill Suppressing Cable Theft Approved

(Apr. 2, 2008) South Africa's National Assembly approved the Second-Hand Goods Bill to crack down on cable theft and put an end to "losses in the form of power cuts, interruption of commuter trains and communications services." The bill requires dealers of second-hand goods to "register in associations and gives the police search and seizure […]

United States: Minnesota Video Game Law Struck Down

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 17, 2008 the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit upheld a permanent injunction of a Minnesota law which would have fined minors who purchased or rented video games labeled with a "mature" or "adult only" rating. The court stated that under Eighth Circuit precedent, violent video games […]

Germany: Earth Observation Satellites

(Mar. 2, 2008) On November 23, 2007, Germany promulgated the Act Protecting Against the Endangerment of German Security Through the Proliferation of High Resolution Aerial Imagery of the Earth (Satellitendatensicherheitsgesetz, BUNDESGESETZBLATT I at 2590). The entire Act became effective by December 1, 2007. The Act allows the German authorities to restrict the proliferation of high-resolution […]

Germany: Online Searches of Personal Computers

(Mar. 2, 2008) On February 27, 2008, the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany issued a decision on online searches of personal computers by the intelligence agencies (Docket No. 1 BvR 595/07, Federal Constitutional Court official Web site. The decision invalidated various provisions of the Act on Domestic Intelligence Agency of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia […]

Peru: Prohibition of Access to Minors to Pornographic Web Pages

(Mar. 2, 2008) Law No. 29139, promulgated on November 30, 2007, amends the title and articles 1, 2 and 3 of Law 28119, concerning prohibition of access by minors to web pages containing pornographic content, to chat forums, and to any other type of communication over internet involving pornographic subject matter and/or information considered a […]

United States: Virginia Supreme Court Upholds Felony Spamming Conviction

(Mar. 2, 2008) On February 29, 2008 the Supreme Court of Virginia upheld the felony conviction of Jeremy Jaynes on three counts of violating the unsolicited bulk e-mail ("spam") provision of the Virginia Computer Crimes Act. Jaynes used computer systems in his home in North Carolina to send tens of thousands of unsolicited e-mail advertisements […]

Indian Ocean Commission: Agreement on Telecommunications Fiber Cable

(Mar. 2, 2008) At a meeting held in mid-February 2008 in Addis Ababa, Indian Ocean islands agreed to be connected to each other and the rest of the world by fiber cable. The nations involved include Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion (a French region, not an independents state), and Seychelles. At present Mauritius and Reunion are […]

Germany: Telecommunications Surveillance

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 31, 2007, Germany promulgated the Act Reforming Telecommunications Surveillance and Other Covert Investigative Measures and Transposing Directive 2006/24/EC (Gesetz zur Neuerung der Telekommunikationsüberwachung und anderer verdeckter Ermittlungsarten sowie zur Umsetzung der Richtlinie 2006/24/EG, BUNDESGESETZBLATT I at 3198). The Reform Act serves to transpose the European Union Directive 2006/24/EC (2006 OFFICIAL […]

Israel: Authorization for Preservation of Telecommunication Data

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 17, 2007, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed the Criminal Procedure (Enforcement Authorities – Telecommunications Data) Law, 5768-2007. The Law authorizes the police to establish a database composed of technical data of telecommunications, telephone, and Internet transactions. The Law defines three ways in which the police could obtain such information: the […]

Lithuania: Telecom Providers Required to Monitor All Customers

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 18, 2007, the Parliament of Lithuania adopted amendments to the nation's Law on Electronic Communications, which obligate the providers of regular and mobile telephone services to obtain and preserve information on use of these means of communications by customers. According to the amendments, all phone and mobile companies must locate […]