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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 […]

China: Cybersecurity Provisions in Proposed or Recently Passed Laws

(Aug. 25, 2015) China’s legislature is considering passage of a comprehensive cybersecurity law. The proposed law on counterterrorism and two other recently passed laws also contain notable cybersecurity provisions. Some of the key features of the provisions are outlined below. The telecommunications regulations governing telecommunications companies (including Internet service providers (ISPs)), which were amended in […]

Germany: Parliament Debates Data Retention Act

(June 18, 2015) On June 12, 2015, the German Bundestag (parliament) debated in a first reading a draft Data Retention Act. (Entwurf eines Gesetzes zur Einführung einer Speicherpflicht und einer Höchstspeicherfrist für Verkehrsdaten [Draft Act on Introducing a Requirement to Store Traffic Data and a Maximum Retention Period], DEUTSCHER BUNDESTAG: DRUCKSACHEN UND PROTOKOLLE [BT-Drs.] 18/5088 […]

Israel: Jurisdiction over Suits Involving Provision of Services to Israeli Customers via Internet by International Corporations

(June 16, 2015) On May 31, 2015, Israel’s Central District Court approved the filing of a class action suit against PayPal Corporation for requiring Israeli customers wishing to transfer foreign currency to Israeli bank accounts managed in foreign currency to first change the foreign currency to Israeli currency and pay a commission for the procedure. […]

Netherlands: Court Strikes Down Data Retention Law

(Mar. 23, 2015) On March 11, 2015, the district court of The Hague in the Netherlands struck down the country’s 2009 Telecommunications Data Retention Act (TDRA), which requires telephone and Internet service providers to save the traffic and location data of their users for 12 months. The court ruled that the Act violates the right […]