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Venezuela: Prohibition of Use of Cellular Phones and Internet by Inmates

(Aug. 25, 2016) The Venezeulan Congress recently passed the Law Regulating the Use of Cellular Phones and the Internet Inside Penitentiaries, prohibiting the use of cellular phones and the Internet in prisons. The Law imposes a penalty of three to five years of imprisonment on anyone who introduces cellular phones or Internet-ready devices in prisons. […]

China: Cyberspace Administration Releases New Rules on Mobile Apps

(July 26, 2016) On June 28, 2016, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) released a set of new rules regulating mobile Internet application programs (apps).   (Yidong Hulianwang Yingyong Chengxu Xinxi Fuwu Guanli Guiding [Administrative Provisions on Information Services of Mobile Internet Application Programs] (Provisions), CAC website (June 28, 2016); English translation available through Westlaw China […]

Israel: Law Authorizes Preventing Harassment of Emergency Centers

(July 21, 2016) On March 30, 2016, the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) passed the Prevention of Harassment of Emergency Centers Law, 5776-2016.  (SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, the official gazette] 5776 No. 2552, p. 878, Knesset website  (last visited July 19, 2016) (in Hebrew).) The Law authorizes emergency centers to block the access of a telephone […]

Brazil: Cell Phone Locking Process Simplified

(Mar. 15, 2016) The Brazilian National Agency of Telecommunications (Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações, ANATEL) announced new measures on March 8, 2016, to facilitate the locking of cell phones in case of loss, theft, or robbery.  The president of ANATEL was quoted as saying that the purpose of the measures is to eliminate the use of […]

Thailand: Use of Hand-Held Cell Phones at Red Lights Ruled Illegal

(Aug. 18, 2015) It was reported on August 2, 2015, that the fourth Standing Committee of Thailand’s Council of State has ruled that it is illegal for a driver stopped at a red light to talk on a hand-held mobile phone. (Thailand: Use of Mobile at Red Light Is Illegal, BANGKOK POST ONLINE (Aug. 2, […]

Israel: Supreme Court Approves Harsher Sentencing for Stealing Smart Phones

(July 31, 2015) On July 14, 2015, Israel’s Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, rejected an appeal of a sentence imposed on a person convicted of four robberies of minors 14 to 15 years of age involving smart phones. (CrimA 8627/14 Dvir v. State of Israel, STATE OF ISRAEL: THE JUDICIAL AUTHORITY (July 13, 2015) […]

Sweden: Charges Brought Under New Provision on Driving While Using Cellphones

(Dec. 13, 2013) On December 1, 2013, an amendment to the Swedish Traffic Regulation entered into force. Under the new provision, a cellphone or other communications device (such as a GPS) may only be used while driving if it does not negatively affect the driver’s ability to drive the vehicle. (4 ch. 10e §SFS 1998:1276 […]