Tik-ing the wrong boxes: Apps to face more scrutiny

CHENNAI | BENGALURU: Social media, content and gaming apps are grappling for a way to deal with heightened regulatory scrutiny as Indian courts step in to stem the flood of socalled objectionable content on these platforms, in one of the world’s fastest-growing internet markets. Companies such as Facebook, Google-owned YouTube as well as Chinese apps […]

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Blocking of TikTok: Is It Workable or Viable?

Recently, on the direction of High Court of Madras, the access to popular video app TikTok was blocked by Google & Apple Play Store’s. The direction to ban the TikTok was given on the ground that it encouraged pornography and made child user vulnerable to sexual predators. It raises few important questions as to whether […]

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Apex court refuses to stay HC order banning TikTok

The Supreme Court refused to stay the Madras High Court order that directed the Centre to ban the “Tiktok” app over concerns about access to pornographic content through it. The top court said that ban directive was just an interim order and the high court is schedule to hear the matter on April 16. A […]

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Harassed for political post, FB user to move CERT-In

A Delhi-based Facebook user, visited by a company representative to verify if he is the one who had written a post with political content, on Wednesday said he would take Facebook to the cyber crime cell at the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In). Disappointed at the Facebook’s response, he told IANS no satisfactory action […]

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Australian encryption laws sent off to Nat Sec Legislation Monitor for review

A little over a year has been given for the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (INSLM) Dr James Renwick to review whether Australia’s encryption laws, waved through Parliament on the last sitting day of 2018 a Labor capitulation on the legislation, contain “appropriate safeguards” for protecting individual rights, are proportionate to national security threats, and […]

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Activists speak out against Iraq’s cybercrime bill

Human rights groups and activists are urging the Iraqi parliament to withdraw a controversial cybercrime bill that would greatly restrict freedom of expression online, if adopted. The bill imposes long prison sentences for speech-related offences that are only vaguely defined in the text of the bill. Article 3 prescribes a lifetime prison sentence and steep […]

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