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Netherlands: Referendum to Be Held on Surveillance Law

(Nov. 17, 2017) On November 1, 2017, the Electoral Council (Kiesraad) of the Netherlands publicly announced that, based on the more than 384,000 valid signatures received requesting it, a referendum on the Act on Intelligence and Security Services will be held within six months. (Press Release, Referendum over Wiv gaat door [Referendum on Wiv Coming Along], Kiesraad […]

Israel: Law Authorizes Court to Restrict Access to Internet Sites in Order to Prevent Criminal Activity

(Oct. 10, 2017) On July 17, 2017, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Law on Authorities for the Prevention of Committing Crimes Through Use of an Internet Site, 5777-2017 (Law on Authorities) (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, official gazette, SH] 5777 No. 2650 p. 1040, available at KNESSET NATIONAL LEGISLATION DATABASE (in Hebrew).) The Law […]

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 […]

Russia: New Legislation Restricts Anonymity of Internet Users

(Sept. 5, 2017) On July 29, 2017, the President of the Russian Federation signed two recently adopted federal laws that prohibit the anonymous use of online messenger applications and detail the procedure for blocking access to websites recognized by the Russian authorities as prohibited. (Law on Information and Information Technologies Has Been Amended, KREMLIN.RU (official […]

China: Judicial Interpretation on Infringement of Personal Information Released

(Sept. 1, 2017) In May 2017, China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP, the prosecutor) released a judicial interpretation on infringement of personal information in criminal cases. Effective June 1, 2017, the interpretation defines the scope of personal information under the Criminal Law of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and […]

Sweden: Law to Allow Photo Drones Passed

(Aug. 28, 2017) On June 20, 2017, the Swedish Parliament passed legislation that will allow private individuals to operate drones with photo capabilities without a prior license/approval from state authorities. The new provisions take effect on August 1, 2017. (Kameraövervakningslagen och möjligheterna att använda drönare [Camera Surveillance Act and the Possibility of Using Drones], Justitieutskottets […]

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 […]