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Vietnam: New Rules on Media for Children

(Oct. 13, 2017) On October 1, 2017, a new Ministry of Information and Communications circular, issued by Minister Truong Minh Tuan on June 23, 2017, came into force in Vietnam. It has provisions on media designed for children and requires warnings for viewer or reader discretion related to material not suitable for them.  The rules […]

Germany: Expanded Telecommunications Surveillance and Online Search Powers

(Sept. 7, 2017) On August 24, 2017, a controversial amendment to the German Criminal Code of Procedure entered into force in Germany that expanded the powers of law enforcement agencies to conduct online searches and source telecommunications surveillance (called a “State Trojan”). (Gesetz zur effektiveren und praxistauglicheren Ausgestaltung des Strafverfahrens [Act to Make Criminal Proceedings More Effective […]

Paraguay: New Law Prohibiting Unauthorized Advertising on Cellular Phones

(Aug. 1, 2017) On June 30, 2017, the President of Paraguay promulgated Law 5830 on prohibiting unauthorized advertising via cellular phones.  The Law gives users the power to decide whether they want to receive such advertising.  (Rige la Ley que Prohibe Publicidad No Autorizada en Telefonos Celulares, LA NACION (July 12, 2017).) Law 5830 creates a […]

Israel: Online Privacy Protection Regulations Adopted

(June 14, 2017) Comprehensive regulations for the protection of information stored online went into effect in Israel on May 8, 2017. (Protection of Privacy (Information Security) Regulations, 5777-2017, KOVETZ HATAKANOT [COLLECTION OF REGULATIONS] (Subsidiary Legislation) No. 7809 p. 1022, Ministry of Justice website (in Hebrew) (scroll down listings to No. 7809 to access).) The following are […]

European Court of Justice/Sweden: Invalidation of Data Retention Obligations

(Jan. 19, 2017) On December 21, 2016, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) delivered a judgment striking down Sweden’s Data Retention Act as inconsistent with provisions of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. (Joined Cases C-203/15 & C-698/15, Tele 2, Sverige AB v Post-och Telestyrelsen and Secretary of State for the Home Department […]

Turkey: Three New Decree-Laws Issued Under State of Emergency

(Jan. 11, 2017) Three new decree-laws pursuant to Turkey’s state of emergency were published in the country’s official gazette on January 6, 2017.  Decree-Law 679 provides for additional dismissals of thousands of civil servants, police officers, armed forces personnel, and university professors and staff; at the same time, over 200 individuals who had been dismissed […]

Egypt: New Council to Regulate and Supervise Media Outlets

(Jan. 10, 2017) On December 24, 2016, the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt issued Law No. 92 of 2016 on the Institutional Organization of the Press and the Media (OFFICIAL GAZETTE, No. 51 bis (Dec. 24, 2016), available at VETO GATE (in Arabic)). The Law provides for the establishment of the Supreme Council […]

Brazil: New Law Taxes Online Audio and Video Streaming Services

(Jan. 10, 2017) A complementary law enacted on December 29, 2016, by the Brazilian federal government amended the services tax law (Imposto sobre Serviços de Qualquer Natureza, ISS, Lei Complementar No. 116, de 31 de Julho de 2003, PLANALTO) to allow for the taxation of online audio and video streaming services at a minimum rate […]