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28 May 2017 Cyberlaw & Technology Watch


Counting the cost of the WannaCry carnage

Less than two weeks after cybersecurity specialists temporarily stopped the spread of the rampant WannaCry ransomware, new adaptations of the code are being identified and flagged. And Legalbrief notes that analysts are warning that while this was a relatively unsophisticated ... Read More


Facebook fined for misleading regulators

Facebook was fined €110m by the EU for misleading regulators during a 2014 review of the WhatsApp messaging service takeover on the same day the EU threatened to heavily penalise Patrick Drahi’s Altice for implementing for a second time ... Read More

MTN fined again

The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority last week imposed a R112m fine on MTN, a reminder of the complex regulatory challenges the operator faces in some of its markets. Moneyweb reports that the fine relates to its non-compliance with the directives ... Read More

German court allows state to store IP addresses

Germany's Federal Court of Justice has ruled that government websites can store personal data as long as they provide adequate justification. A Jurist report notes that Patrick Beyer sued the German Government over the storing of IP addresses, which ... Read More


How Facebook tries to police itself

Leaked documents addressing how Facebook deals with violent, explicit and harassing content further exposes the challenges the social network faces in policing the posts of its nearly 2bn users. Legalbrief reports that the investigation is likely to fuel the burning ... Read More

How the Broadcasting Act should be amended

The Broadcasting Act is ripe for amendment, just not the way SABC proposes, says Musawenkosi W Ndlovu, a senior lecturer at the Centre for Film and Media Studies at UCT, in an analysis on the Mail & Guardian Online site. He ... Read More


Twitter co-founder expresses remorse

* A Twitter co-founder says he is sorry if the popular social media platform helped put Donald Trump in the White House, as the US President has suggested. In an interview with The New York Times, Evan Williams says Twitter's ... Read More

Rare Apple sold

* A rare working Apple-1, the first computer produced by Steve Jobs' world-beater-to-be company four decades ago, sold for less than expected at auction in Germany on Saturday. One of only eight working models in the world, the machine fetched €110 ... Read More


Texas man sues woman who texted on date

Texas man sues woman who texted on date A Texas man has filed a lawsuit against a woman he went on a date with because she was texting in the cinema. Brandon Vezmar (37) said he complained about the unnamed ... Read More