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Month: February 2023

Law and Media Round Up – 27 February 2023

The encrypted-messaging app Signal has said that it will stop providing its services in the UK if the Online Safety Bill undermined the privacy of its messaging system, BBC reports. Critics say the law may require companies to scan encrypted messages for unlawful material. However, the government stated the bill is not a ban on end-to-end encryption and emphasised its importance for securing the safety of children online. Continue reading

The US Supreme Court could change the Internet as we know it – Chantal Joris

20) Live updates: Supreme Court hears Twitter v. Taamneh oral argumentsThis week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases – Gonzalez v. Google and Twitter v. Taamneh – that have the potential to fundamentally change how social media companies recommend and moderate content. Both cases will impact the scope of Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act which shields internet platforms from liability for content posted on their platforms. Section 230 is viewed by many as one of the foundations of internet freedom. Continue reading

Australia: Government’s privacy review has some strong recommendations, now we really need action

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has released a report with 30 proposals for updating Australia’s privacy regime. The proposals are practical, necessary and overdue. However, they are just proposals, which have been made several times in the past before disappearing into the “too hard basket” of the Australian, state and territory governments. Continue reading

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