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27 February 2021 Cyberlaw & Technology Watch


Big tech companies under the whip

In an extraordinary development that threatens to curb Facebook’s growing reach across the planet, the social media giant blocked all media content in Australia in response to government's proposed Media Bargaining law which forces tech companies to negotiate with ... Read More


Ugandan election disinformation campaign flagged

Facebook pages associated with seven Uganda-based news websites were removed for allegedly engaging in coordinated inauthentic behaviour’ before the January presidential elections. Journalists, editors and founders of the websites were included in the large network that Facebook linked to the ... Read More

Sex in the age of Covid-19

It seems the once taboo subject of group sex is finally entering the mainstream. One of the reasons for this is the prevalence of organised sex party networks like Kinky Salon, Klub Verboten, Crossbreed, Le Boudoir and Killing Kittens. These ... Read More

Backlash over racist posts

Following Swansea's FA Cup defeat to Manchester City on 10 February, Yan Dhanda was subjected to racist abuse on Instagram. He later said Facebook, which owns Instagram, had added ‘more fuel for hate’ by not banning the account from ... Read More


Why CEO's personal phone data should be disclosed

The terms of a contractual agreement between a CEO and his company mean material held on a personal mobile phone should be disclosed in litigation the company is involved in, England’s High Court has ruled. Experts say the decision highlights ... Read More


News site fined for readers' comments

* Malaysia’s highest court has found a popular news portal in contempt of court over comments posted by readers deemed offensive to the judiciary, in a case widely seen as a test of media freedom in the nation. The Attorney-General filed ... Read More


Facial recognition technology snares predator

Facial recognition technology snares predator   A sexual predator who followed a woman off a bus and attacked her has been jailed for life after police caught him, using facial recognition technology. Craig Walters followed the young woman in Cardiff ... Read More

Woman jailed for live-streaming trial

Woman jailed for live-streaming trial   A woman who live-streamed her partner’s Crown Court trial on Facebook after videoing from the public gallery has received a four-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. Emma Hamilton-Toogood was found to be in ... Read More

Policy Watch

Online intermediation platforms inquiry imminent

In anticipation of an upcoming inquiry into the online intermediation platforms market, the Competition Commission has called for input on its proposed terms of reference. Focusing on services intermediating online transactions between consumers and businesses offering ‘goods, services and software’ ... Read More

More details on upcoming spectrum auction

Icasa has issued a media statement providing more details on the long awaited auction of high-demand radio frequency spectrum, reports Policy Watch. Still expected to begin next month, the ‘auction phase’ will involve a ‘bidder seminar’ and trial run. Qualified ... Read More

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