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27 November 2020 Cyberlaw & Technology Watch

CyberFOCUS


The dark side of the dark web ...

The dramatic rescue of a seven-year-old Russian boy from an alleged paedophile’s lair has once again highlighted the hate/love relationship that law enforcement agencies have with the dark side of the dark web. In this case, notes Legalbrief, Dmitry ... Read More

CyberREPORTs


Apple settles over ‘batterygate’ debacle

Apple has agreed to pay millions of dollars to 34 states over its controversial practice of deliberately slowing down older iPhones to extend their battery life. The company will pay $113m to settle an investigation by states, including California and ... Read More

China seeks to restrict 'monopolistic' Internet firms

China has published a draft antitrust guideline to deal with what it said is monopolistic behaviour by Internet companies. The State Administration for Market Regulation released the guideline on Tuesday, according to a report on the Outlaw.com site. It ... Read More

FSCA publishes cryptocurrency rules

The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) has published new draft rules that may up-end cryptocurrency selling in SA. There’s currently no protection for South Africans who buy cryptocurrencies, and these currencies are not regulated. Business Insider reports that the country ... Read More

CyberANALYSIS


How Facebook defied UK regulator

The information commissioner has criticised the ‘antiquated process’ that led to Facebook getting hold of Cambridge Analytica’s servers before the UK regulator itself, and renewed calls for an international approach to data privacy to tackle the emerging threat of data ... Read More

CyberBYTES


Cryptocurrency case set for February

* A cryptocurrency expert has told the Eastern Cape High Court (East London) that losses in the Rawlins Trust cryptocurrency debacle could have increased, if independent trustee Gary Klinkradt had not intervened to sell off high-risk assets for less risky options ... Read More

Retailer joins mobile service market

* Pick n Pay has joined the mobile service market, offering competitive rates and data rewards for Smart Shoppers. Utilising MTN’s mobile network infrastructure, PnP Mobile offers customers prepaid, SIM-based access to airtime, SMS and data services. Read More

All in the timing

* A woman who messaged a tradesman for a quote after midnight has sparked a furious debate about what time is socially acceptable to send a text. The interior architectural designer from the UK, messaged a carpet fitter for a quote ... Read More

SIDEBARS


Wives at war

Wives at war   A high-profile public spat between footballers' wives Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy has reached Britain's High Court, as libel proceedings began over leaked tabloid stories that has captivated much of the nation for over a ... Read More

From tweets to fleets

From tweets to fleets   Twitter has launched tweets that disappear after 24 hours, similar to the stories feature that is popular on Snapchat and Facebook's photo-sharing app Instagram. Twitter has previously announced its plan for these ephemeral tweets ... Read More

Explicit images hacked

Explicit images hacked   Four British athletes have had intimate photographs and videos posted online in a cyber attack that has affected hundreds of female sports stars and celebrities. The athletes in question, who had the material stolen from their ... Read More

Policy Watch


Crypto assets to be declared financial products

The Financial Sector Conduct Authority has called for comment on proposals for declaring crypto assets financial products under the 2002 Financial Advisory & Intermediary Services Act – a move that will make registration mandatory for anyone providing advice on or ... Read More