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China: Cyberspace Administration Releases New Rules on Mobile Apps

(July 26, 2016) On June 28, 2016, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) released a set of new rules regulating mobile Internet application programs (apps).   (Yidong Hulianwang Yingyong Chengxu Xinxi Fuwu Guanli Guiding [Administrative Provisions on Information Services of Mobile Internet Application Programs] (Provisions), CAC website (June 28, 2016); English translation available through Westlaw China […]

Israel: Law Authorizes Preventing Harassment of Emergency Centers

(July 21, 2016) On March 30, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Prevention of Harassment of Emergency Centers Law, 5776-2016.  (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, the official gazette] 5776 No. 2552, p. 878, Knesset website  (last visited July 19, 2016) (in Hebrew).) The Law authorizes emergency centers to block the access of a telephone […]

China: Cyberspace Administration Requires Paid Search Results to Be Marked

(July 20, 2016) On June 25, 2016, China’s central Internet content regulator, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), issued a set of rules regulating Internet information search services.  The Administrative Provisions on Internet Information Search Services will take effect on August 1, 2016.  (Hulianwang Xinxi Sousuo Fuwu Guanli Guiding, CAC website (June 25, 2016); translation […]

Kenya: Information Communication Technology Law Proposed

(July 11, 2016) On June 6, 2016, Aden Duale, the Majority Leader of the National Assembly, one house of Kenya’s bicameral legislature, introduced a draft law on information communication technology (ICT). (Information Communication Technology Practitioners Bill, 2016, KENYA GAZETTE SUPPLEMENT No. 84 (June 7, 2016), available at KENYA LAW.) The proposed law has provisions on […]

Sri Lanka: Electronic Media Authority Being Considered

(Apr. 26, 2016) Sri Lanka’s government is considering establishing an independent body that would regulate electronic media. The authority would be empowered and required to investigate complaints made against electronic media. The authority would be created with the input of media stakeholders; government officials noted that the body would not be designed to control media […]

Brazil: Cell Phone Locking Process Simplified

(Mar. 15, 2016) The Brazilian National Agency of Telecommunications (Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações, ANATEL) announced new measures on March 8, 2016, to facilitate the locking of cell phones in case of loss, theft, or robbery.  The president of ANATEL was quoted as saying that the purpose of the measures is to eliminate the use of […]

ECHR, Russian Federation: Breaches of Human Rights in Surveillance Legislation

(Mar. 2, 2016) The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in a decision issued on December 4, 2015, in the case of Roman Zakharov v. Russia, ruled on the legality of Russia’s regulations on administering the System for Ensuring Investigative Activities (SORM legislation) under article 34 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights […]

Russian Federation: State Control of Internet Proposed

(Mar. 1, 2016) On February 11, 2016, the Russian media reported that the Ministry of Communications had drafted proposed legislation on state control of Internet traffic in the territory of the Russian Federation. While the text of the legislation has not been published, the Russian newspaper that obtained the explanatory note for the proposal stated […]

EHCR/Hungary: Mass Surveillance Activities by Police Force Violate the Right to Privacy, Home and Correspondence

(Feb. 9, 2016) On January 2016, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) delivered a judgment in the case of Szabo and Vissy v. Hungary. The ECHR held that broad secret surveillance activities that had been conducted by the Hungarian Anti-Terrorism Task Force, which was established within the police force on the basis of the […]

Sweden: Supreme Court Turns to Electronic Communication

(Sept. 8, 2015) On August 25, 2015, the Swedish Supreme Court announced that as of August 31, 2015, it has turned to e-mail as its main means of communication. (Press Release, Ökad användning av e-post vid Högsta domstolen, Högsta Domstolen [Supreme Court] website (Aug. 25, 2015), NOTISUM.) The new policy means that all communication between […]