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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 […]

Russia: New Electronic Surveillance Rules

(July 18, 2016) On July 6, 2016, the President of the Russian Federation signed the recently adopted Federal Law No. 374 on Amending the Federal Law on Counterterrorism and Select Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Concerning the Creation of Additional Measures Aimed at Countering Terrorism and Protecting Public Safety (Federal Law No. 374, PRAVO.GOV.RU […]

Japan: Cyber Security Basic Act & Information Processing Promotion Act Amended

(June 15, 2016) In order to enhance the nation’s cybersecurity, in November 2014 the Diet (Japan’s parliament) adopted the Cybersecurity Basic Act (Act No. 104 of 2014).  (Sayuri Umeda, Japan: Cybersecurity Basic Act Adopted, GLOBAL LEGAL MONITOR (Dec. 10, 2014).)  An amendment to the Act was promulgated on April 22, 2016.  The Act on Promotion […]

Thailand: Digital Ministry Established as Part of National Digital Economy Plan

(June 14, 2016) It was reported on June 3, 2016, that Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly, whose members have been appointed by the military government, unanimously approved legislation establishing a new Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) in the country. (NLA Approves Establishment of Digital Ministry, BANGKOK POST (June 3, 2016).) This administrative change is […]

Moldova: Tax Incentives for IT Parks

(Aug. 4, 2015) It was reported on August 3, 2015, that the Parliament of Moldova had approved draft legislation on tax incentives for information technology parks. (Vasile Foltea, Moldova: Tax Incentives Granted to IT Parks, TAX NEWS SERVICE (Aug.3, 2015), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation online subscription database.) The draft law provides that the IT […]

Thailand: Draft Laws to Promote Digital Economy

(Dec. 17, 2014) On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand’s Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry.  (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for Draft Laws on Digital Economy Committee, Restructuring of ICT Ministry, NATION (Dec. 16, 2014).) One proposed law is on […]

India: Possible Amendment of IT Law to Address Cybercrimes Against Women

(Aug. 21, 2014) It was reported on August 15, 2014, that the Indian government has taken preliminary steps to introduce amendments to India’s information technology law that would specifically treat cybercrimes against women. The move comes in the wake of reports of men recording rapes of women and girls with their smartphones and using the […]

Court of Justice of the European Union: Data Retention Directive Held Invalid

(May 21, 2014) On April 8, 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) issued a much-anticipated judgment concerning the legality of Directive No. 2006/24/EC, commonly referred to as the Data Retention Directive. (Directive 2006/24/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2006 on the Retention of Data Generated […]

Brazil: Justice Tribunal of the State of Rio de Janeiro Implements New Means to Access Legal Materials

(May 2, 2014) The Justice Tribunal of the Brazilian State of Rio de Janeiro has implemented a new means to access the laws used during the sessions of the tribunal. The Electronic System for Judgment Sessions (Sistema Eletrônico de Sessão de Julgamento, eSSJ), which was designed according to the sustainability and economy policy established by […]