Malaysia just made fake news illegal and punishable by up to six years in jail

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Malaysia passed a new law today that would punish citizens on social media or those working at a digital publication for spreading fake news with a 500,000 ringgit ($ 123,000) fine and a possible a prison sentence of up to six years. Led by Prime Minister Najib Razak, the Anti-Fake News bill passed in parliament today despite opponents who had criticized the bill for possibly impeding free speech and attempting to censor the prime minister’s involvement in a multibillion-dollar scandal.

A draft of the bill had specified a prison sentence of up to 10 years as punishment, but the government toned it down to six in the finalized version, as reported by Reuters. Fake news cases will be handled by an independent court process. Violators could…

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Snap’s leaked memo threatens employees with jail time for leaking information

Snap Inc. really can’t catch a break. After news broke earlier this week that it was laying off two dozen of its employees, a leaked memo has surfaced that doesn’t exactly paint the company in a favorable light. And as if yet another leak wasn’t bad enough, here’s the real kicker: the leaked memo was actually about preventing leaks.

In it, Snap goes on to assert that it has a zero-tolerance policy on information leaks, and that any employee caught leaking information will lose their job and even potentially face fines or jail time.

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Proposed Senate bill could send execs who conceal breaches to jail

A re-introduced Senate bill is addressing a timely topic, by making it a crime — punishable by up to five years in prison — if companies knowingly conceal a breach of customer information. After a slew of cyber attacks (like the one on Equifax) and…
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Man Receives 180 Days in Jail for Refusing to Give up iPhone Passcode

A Florida man was sentenced to 180 days in jail for refusing to give up his smartphone passcode to authorities, while another Florida man who also refused to do so was let off the hook, according to a new report.

Christopher Wheeler, 41, of Hollywood, Florida, was taken into custody Tuesday after a Broward Circuit Judge made the ruling that he was in contempt of court. Wheeler insists that he had in fact given his PIN to the police — although the passcode he provided reportedly didn’t unlock the phone, according to the Miami Herald.

Law enforcement was reportedly investigating Wheeler for child abuse. By itself, the incident might not be all that notable, except for one fact. On the same day that Wheeler was taken into custody, in the next county over, another man refused to give authorities his iPhone passcode — and was let off the hook.

Wesley Victor, accused of extortion, said he couldn’t remember the password to his phone. A Miami-Dade Circuit Judge ruled on Tuesday that there was no provable way to know if Victor actually remembered his passcode. Victor and his girlfriend, Hencha Voigt, are being accused of threatening to release a social media star’s sex tapes unless she paid them $ 18,000, the Herald reported. Voigt provided her own iPhone passcode — but, like Wheeler’s, it didn’t work. She’ll reportedly be in court next week to explain why.

The two separate cases underscore the intensifying legal battles over privacy and tech encryption, an issue that’s becoming an increasing problem for law enforcement. Normally, U.S. citizens are protected by the Fifth Amendment from divulging self-incriminating information to authorities. But the Miami-Dade Judge presiding over the extortion case likened turning over an iPhone password to giving up the key to a safe-deposit box — something that the Supreme Court has ruled isn’t a violation of the Fifth. Basically, a safe key is fair game while a safe combination is not. If that wasn’t confusing enough, several courts have ruled that police can force you to unlock your phone with your fingerprint, the Atlantic reported.

Similarly, a Florida District Court of Appeals ruled in December that giving up an iPhone passcode is a case of surrender rather than testimony, and that authorities can sometimes compel defendants to give up their iPhone passcode if police can be reasonably sure of what they’re looking for. That thinking is based on the forgone conclusion clause of the Fifth Amendment, though many experts argue that smartphones should be exempt from that doctrine.

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Man gets 180 days in jail for not handing over his iPhone PIN

US courts are still torn about how to handle defendants who refuse to give up passcodes for encrypted smartphones, judging by two recent court cases reported in the Miami Herald. In one, child abuse defendant Christopher Wheeler got six months in jai…
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Texas bill could mean jail time for flying a drone over oil facilities

The ebb and flow of legal rules when it comes to flying a drone, whether it's a cheap mainstream model or something a little more intense, is confusing. It also differs depending on country, and even state. When it comes to Texas, both the House and…
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An interview with alleged KickassTorrents founder from his jail cell in Poland

In July 2016, Artem Vaulin left Ukraine for a vacation to Iceland with his family, but he never made it to his destination. During a layover in Poland, Vaulin — the 31-year-old accused by the United States of operating KickassTorrents (KAT), the web’s most popular place to illegally obtain movies, songs, and video games — was arrested by authorities.

Until last week, Vaulin had been held at Warsaw-Bialoleka Investigative Detention Center with little contact to the outside world while the Polish government evaluated a US extradition request. Last Tuesday, two days before his release, The Verge sat down with Vaulin in his jail cell for a two-hour interview — the first since his arrest — to discuss his extradition fight and his life…

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