The Delhi High Court on Friday directed the central government’s counsel to take instructions for the government’s stand on a petition alleging large-scale data breaches on four e-commerce platforms. The petition was filed by Yarlagadda Kiran Chandra, General Secretary of the Free Software Movement of India (FSMI), a national coalition of sixteen regional and sectoral free [...]

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The Bombay High Court on Friday stayed two provisions of India’s Information Technology Rules (“the Rules” or “Rules”) intended to regulate publishers of digital content such as social media intermediaries, OTT (Over-the-top) platforms, and online news and current affairs websites. The provisions in question, Rules 9(1) and (3), were issued by the central government in [...]

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Apple announced Thursday a new policy for child-safety measures on its devices, leading several digital rights organisations such as the European Digital Rights network (EDRi) and Electronic Frontier Foundation to raise concerns over the privacy and security of the company’s large global customer base. The new policy scans messages sent or received by a minor’s [...]

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The Tagansky District Court of Moscow on Thursday issued a fine of 3 million rubles against Google for violating Russia’s new data protection laws that mandate that personal data of Russian users is stored on servers in Russia. The law is known as the Federal Law On Activities of Foreign Persons in the Information and [...]

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South African’s patent office, the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission, issued a patent that lists an artificial intelligence (AI) as the inventor on Wednesday. The patent is the first in the world to list AI as the inventor. The AI, known as DABUS (device for the autonomous bootstrapping of unified sentience), was developed by Stephen [...]

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The Supreme People’s Court of China issued regulations Wednesday for use of facial recognition technology by private businesses. The guidelines require private businesses to receive consent from customers before collecting and processing their facial information. Under the new regulations, individuals have the right to reject the use of facial recognition technology for identity verification. They [...]

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The Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice of England and Wales on Friday permitted an Iranian-American businessman to sue Dechert LLP for hacking into his email account and leaking his personal information on BitTorrent sites. The aviation tycoon Farhad Azima alleges that the international law firm hired illegal hackers to steal privileged information [...]

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The government of India stated in an affidavit on Tuesday that US microblogging platform Twitter has lost its legal immunity against claims arising from user-generated content due to its failure to comply with the country’s new technology rules. The rules, known as the Information Technology (Guidelines For Intermediaries And Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Wednesday that the domestic courts of Russia had violated a transgender mother’s parental rights by depriving her of any contact with her children due to her gender identity. The applicant A.M., whose gender was registered as “male” at birth, dissolved her seven-year marriage with Ms N in [...]

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US Judge Robert Hinkle from the Northern District of Florida (Tallahassee Division) Wednesday granted a preliminary injunction against Florida’s new social media law FL SB 7072 which, among other things, mandated social media companies to publish detailed standards for censorship, shadow-banning, and de-platforming of users. It also required that these standards be applied consistently and [...]

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