The European Union (EU) has voted on Tuesday to pass the new Consumer Protection Cooperation regulation, a new EU-wide applicable law that gives extra power to national consumer protection agencies, but which also contains a vaguely worded clause that also grants them the power to block websites without judicial oversight.
A document leaked at the end of August reveal that Estonia — currently holding the EU Presidency — is pushing fellow member states to adopt more intrusive Internet content filtering rules, similar to the ones implemented in China.
British lawmakers have filed on Monday a statement of intent regarding proposals for improvements to the Data Protection Act, with a focus on criminalizing anonymous data re-identification, imposing larger fines for cyber incidents, and more user protections for British online netizens.
To combat electronic waste and abusive practices like manufacturers legally preventing users from repairing their devices, the EU is preparing legislation that would legalize a customer's "right to repair," and would force vendors to design products for longer life and easier maintenance.
Some people have no shame, and one of those is Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, who used the terror attacks that took place in London, on Saturday, June 3, to push her party's agenda for laws that would push for encryption backdoors.
A US congressman is currently tinkering away at a proposed bill that will legalize some "hack back" counter-measures that breached companies can take to stop and identify ongoing cyber-attacks, and recover their data.
Amazon and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have agreed to drop all ongoing litigation, paving the way for Amazon to refund over $70 million to customers whose kids made unauthorized in-app purchases.
The European Commission, through the voice of EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova, announced plans to find a way for law enforcement to access data exchanged via encrypted instant messaging services, such as WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, and others.
A new Indiana bill plans to make ransomware attacks a crime on its own punishable with a sentence from one to six years in prison, and a maximum fine of up to $10,000.
On January 1, 2017, a new law went into effect in California that makes ransomware use a standalone crime. Under the new law, a person engaged in ransomware will be convicted of a felony and could be imprisoned up to four years.
The Russian Parliament is working on a new law that would introduce criminal liability for hackers creating tools and participating in cyber-attacks against Russian infrastructure.
On Monday, November 7, 2016, the Chinese government passed a new cybersecurity law that heavily restricts Internet freedom for the country's citizens and gives the government the power to shut down Internet access at will, in the name of "national security."