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Articles tagged with: legislation

Japan Raises Penalty For Distribution Of Viruses

Japan’s parliament has just enacted a legislation that criminalizes the creation or distribution of computer viruses, in attempts to make the Internet a safe place. The Japanese Government seeks to support the Convention of Cybercrime, a treaty that was ratified by 31 countries that proposes international cooperation in investigating crimes in cyberspace.

The new legislation makes the creation or distribution of a computer virus punishable by up to 3 years or 500,000 yen in fines.

WikiLeaks Threatens $20M Fine On Unpublished Leaks

Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, is now making his associates sign a nondisclosure agreement that asserts the organization’s leaked material is solely the property of the organization. The agreement states “You accept and agree that the information disclosed, or to be disclosed to you pursuant to this agreement is, by its nature, valuable proprietary commercial information…the misuse or unauthorized disclosure of which would be likely to cause us considerable damage.”

Obama Calls For Data Privacy Law

According to IT World, the Obama Administration is backing a new data privacy bill or rights that will protect consumers against online tracking and data collection by advertisers.

The White House stated that they wanted to enact legislation by offering “baseline consumer data privacy protections,” during a testimony given by Lawrence Strickling of the Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation.