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12 May 2021 Cyberlaw & Technology Watch


Massive dark net child abuse site raided

An online platform said to be one of the largest depositories of child sexual abuse images in history has been closed down by German police after a lengthy investigation. Legalbrief reports that the enormity of the problem for authorities around ... Read More


D-Day for Vodacom in 'Please Call Me' saga

In a saga that has been ongoing for nearly 21 years, ‘Please Call Me’ inventor Nkosana Makate, has returned to court to get what is owed to him – not the R47m as calculated by Vodacom, but rather closer to ... Read More

Former allies square off in court

Epic Games said Apple’s App Store has left users and developers ‘trapped’ in an anti-competitive marketplace, as the maker of Fortnite has kicked off its keenly awaited trial against the world’s most valuable company. Business Day reports that the two ... Read More

'Epidemic' of online violence against female journalists

An epidemic of online violence against female journalists worldwide is undermining their reporting, spilling over into real-life attacks and harassment, and puts their health and professional prospects in jeopardy, the UN has warned. According to a report in The Guardian ... Read More


SA likely to experience the ‘Amazon Effect’

The announcement that Amazon will set up South African headquarters in a R4bn Cape Town development was met with concern by environmentalists and those who care about heritage. In an analysis on the IoL site, Wesley Diphoko notes that there’s ... Read More


Influencers face deportation

* Two self-described influencers are to be deported from the Indonesian resort island of Bali after being jailed for creating a ‘prank’ video of a painted-on face mask. Josh Paler Lin and Leia ‘Lisha’ Se made the video, in which Lin ... Read More

Apps break data privacy rules

* China's main Internet watchdog has found that 33 mobile phone apps have broken data privacy rules by collecting data without consent, among other issues. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) identified map apps, those used for instant messaging and ... Read More


Automated shopping on the cards

Automated shopping on the cards is poised to bring its automated checkout technology to full-size supermarkets, a significant milestone in the race to revolutionise how people buy their groceries. It plans to install ceiling-mounted racks to run ... Read More

'Hunk' convicted

'Hunk' convicted   Pretending to be a hunk to dupe three unsuspecting women has resulted in convicted fraudster Chinonso Pascal Eze effectively getting six years’ imprisonment. The National Prosecuting Authority said Eze swindled the women of more than R1m which ... Read More

Defamation giant invests in start-up

Defamation giant invests in start-up    Defamation giant Schillings has said its decision to invest in a US lawtech start-up was driven in part by its desire to ensure its technology suppliers are aligned with the firm’s way of working ... Read More

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