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21 July 2017 Cyberlaw & Technology Watch


Nairobi addresses online poll threat

A decade after a wave of violence swept through Kenya following a disputed presidential election, the country is gearing for what is expected to be another fiercely-contested poll. And Legalbrief reports that the online space is likely to become a ... Read More


Aggrieved foreign firms threaten Nigeria telecoms

A fresh crisis is looming in Nigeria's telecommunications sector, as foreign service providers and equipment suppliers have threatened to disconnect their West African counterparts over an alleged breach of agreement. The Guardian reports that foreign firms are lamenting the ... Read More

News outlets address fake news

News outlets are seeking permission from the US Congress for the right to negotiate jointly with Google and Facebook who dominate online advertising and online news traffic. A report on the Fin24 site notes that the News Media Alliance, which ... Read More

Google escapes massive tax bill in France

Google is not liable for $1.27bn in unpaid taxes claimed by the French state, a French court ruled last week. It notes that the Internet giant's Irish subsidiary is not taxable in France. A report on the Fin24 ... Read More


The risk of the UK going it alone

Leaving the EU risks undermining the police’s ability to fight crime by taking the UK out of ‘mission critical’ databases. That’s according to a House of Lords report which urged the government to secure a transition deal to ... Read More


Amazon to launch new app

* is reportedly working on launching its own messaging app called Anytime. The retail giant has begun to survey its customers about potential features, although it’s not clear what form the final product will take. Anytime appears to ... Read More

Death threats revealed

* ANC MP Makhosi Khoza has revealed some of the threats she has received, by posting to Facebook screengrabs of text messages sent to her cell phone calling for her death. ‘This is what I go through everyday. Now I am ... Read More

New scam flagged

* MTN has warned customers of a SIM-swap scam which seeks to obtain people's private information. ‘In this scam, a supposed MTN call centre agent requests the customer’s security details under the pretext that they are blocking the processing ... Read More