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Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for October 28- November 8th, 2020

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Thailand uses its Computer Crimes Act to ban 190 websites including Porn Hub as pornography is declared illegal in the country.
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/thailand-bans-pornhub

Police unearths vicious net of cyber fraud who was operating through fictitious call center to play job fraud duping women and men in India
https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/software-professional-dupes-over-700-job-aspirants/article33033997.ece

Deepfake detection company detects bots on Telegram which undresses women and creates nude images
https://theconversation.com/can-the-law-stop-internet-bots-from-undressing-you-149056?fbclid=IwAR0nbMYiTUCL4gVZtunYs6e8Gv40c9A-47T97hPSprmakqcsKDoh68KgmUo

Goa Police in India arrests actress Poonam Pandey for shooting nude video which she had posted on social media
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/poonam-pandey-arrested-in-goa-for-shooting-nude-video/articleshow/79065441.cms

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for 2020 August 25-September 19,2020

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US successfully extradites Ghanaian woman who is charged for million dollar business email frauds and romance scams targeting elderly people.
https://www.myjoyonline.com/news/crime/ghanaian-woman-extradited-to-us-to-face-over-10m-fraud-related-charges-and-sakawa/

Reports suggest most of the porn sites lack in internal policy to remove illegal deepfake porn clippings: court rulings fails to restore justice for victims for noncooperation of porn sites.
https://www.wired.com/story/porn-sites-still-wont-take-down-non-consensual-deepfakes/?fbclid=IwAR1JvtkQ0oNfVxyKIc1pw0LSknfZA_fhzuL58JAHD6DSP3revvpe-Lgv3CU

Federal investigation agency, Pakistan teams up with Facebook to check cyber crimes against women
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/716664-fia-facebook-agree-to-collaborate-on-cyber-crimes-againt-women-children

Sextortion case lodged against youth in Bangladesh under Pornography Control Act. He used to harass adult women by threatening to release secret images/clippings of them on worldwideweb.
https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/dhaka/2020/09/19/youth-arrested-for-blackmailing-women-with-fake-pornographic-contents

Hacker who hijacked several computers including android systems in handheld devices, captured and stole intimate photographs of women. Gets strict punishment and retraining orders from the court under various provisions in UK.
https://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/18733117.westcliff-man-jailed-hacking-sharing-hundred-intimate-pictures/

Irked by increased tendency of passengers and journalists (including civil journalists) to click co-passengers including celebrity passengers, DGCA, India sends strict notice to airlines threatening to take strict legal action if the later fails to prohibit all( on board while embarking or disembarking) from photographing. It also says, accused passengers may face travel ban too.
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/airline-crew-who-fail-to-stop-photography-on-board-could-face-termination-passenger-could-be-banned-dgca/articleshow/78074151.cms?fbclid=IwAR1axpjdH2JRZqPDfH2KtgRkRthDTvjuaeZm8kj8iL8Zy_ETgWTIqkbOnmU

Covid test results of female celebrities get leaked. Privacy infringement reaches new height in India
https://www.ndtv.com/entertainment/why-asks-angry-amrita-arora-after-sister-malaikas-covid-test-result-is-shared-online-2291659?fbclid=IwAR3EjV9hKJdrA7aJ3J0u1YO1i0ueXjmxZ5K_iXkhw3mu-_27wpMzeJ14gjY

Teen girls are allured by fake female profiles on instagram to share obscene images only to face sextortion in India: police nabs the kingpin in Gujarat, India
https://ahmedabadmirror.indiatimes.com/ahmedabad/crime/rajkot-cyber-crime-cell-nabs-two-youths-exploiting-teenage-girls/articleshow/77869226.cms?fbclid=IwAR3eafGLxK7dMm8N821gYB4jPb9TFmDCImq8JHK5B1e9_jQIShlvhwaQa4w

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for August 16-August 24,2020

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Highcourt in Adamawa, Nigeria sentences woman for 10 years imprisonment for impersonating Senator .
https://dailypost.ng/2020/08/20/yola-court-jails-2-women-for-impersonation/

Phone of Australian actress gets hacked, her personal photos gets leaked over internet: victim files case under Australian revenge porn law which prescribes criminal penalty for upto 7 years of jail term.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-8645783/Actress-Olympia-Valance-confirms-target-ongoing-revenge-porn-attack.html

Bengali women attacked on social media on account of Rhea Chakroborty’s alleged involvement in the case of Susahnt Singh Rajput’s unnatural death.
https://www.deccanherald.com/national/east-and-northeast/ssr-case-bengali-women-abused-on-social-media-commission-seeks-report-from-kolkata-police-874801.html

(Repost) Centre for Cyber Victim Counseling brings out detailed report on use and misuse of WhatsApp in rural and urban places in India (first posted on www.cybervictims.org)

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for August 1-August 15,2020

Happy Independence Day, 2020 (Picture courtesy : Internet )

Egypt prosecutes women influences of TikTok for “violating family values” under “draconian” laws addressing cyber crimes
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2020/08/egypt-survivors-of-sexual-violence-and-online-abuse-among-prosecuted-women-tiktok-influencers/

Police arrests fraudsters in India including two women in a case of online sex racket. Customers were shown photographs of women to allure them to pay money.
https://english.mathrubhumi.com/news/crime-beat/online-sex-racket-busted-in-thrissur-2-women-among-10-arrested-1.4972414

Stakeholders file Public Interest Litigation in the Supreme Court of India to take action against social media accounts involved in indecent and illicit trading, revenge porn etc.
https://www.barandbench.com/news/litigation/pil-supreme-court-act-against-social-media-accounts-online-trade-of-illicit-content-revenge-porn

Appeals court in UK rules that using of automated facial recognition technology by police violates privacy related laws.
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/08/police-use-of-facial-recognition-violates-human-rights-uk-court-rules/?fbclid=IwAR26Erw5vPf3Sbe6_jSt7K94vCZXTd-TrXlVS5szbVyfBPT5FbsFzXJNLjg

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for July 26th-August 5th, 2020

Let peace prevail on Hiroshima Day: picture courtesy : Internet

Facebook data miner steals pictures of university students to provide the same to the porn sites for using the same as advertisement for sex workers. Students collectively join hands to approach the porn site and the images thus uploaded non consensually gets taken down in India
https://www.deccanherald.com/metrolife/metrolife-your-bond-with-bengaluru/porn-site-removes-city-students-pics-867735.html

Woman sentenced to 17 years of jail term for online sexual exploitation of children, attempt to trafficking of children online under under Republic Act (RA) 9208 as amended by RA 10364 (Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act), RA 7610 (Anti-Child Abuse Law), and RA 9775 (Anti-Child Pornography Act) in relation to RA 10175 (Cyber crime Prevention Act) in Philippines.
https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1865311/Cebu/Local-News/Woman-sentenced-to-17-years-for-online-sexual-exploitation-of-children

Turkey approves social media law that would demand web companies to post their officers in Turkey to address grievances of social media users including cyber crimes targeting women.
https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1865311/Cebu/Local-News/Woman-sentenced-to-17-years-for-online-sexual-exploitation-of-children

High Court of Kerala, India denies bail for woman activist who posted pictures of her nude body being painted by her children on social media profile on the ground of sexual gratification by using children.
https://www.indialegallive.com/top-news-of-the-day/news/kerala-high-court-dismissed-bail-application-of-ms-fatima-a-s-who-painted-body-of-her-two-minor-children-and-uploaded-video-on-social-media?fbclid=IwA

Bulgarian prime minister accused of conveying message suggesting threatening to burn woman member of Bulgarian Socialist party. The prime minister defended by stating that the same was n impersonating audio record.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/25/bulgarian-pm-boiko-borissov-could-be-investigated-over-audio-threat-to-burn-mep

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for July 7th -July 25th, 2020

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Austria plans to bring tougher laws to regulate online platforms sharing user generated contents : It is hoped that hate speech may be curbed
https://www.euractiv.com/section/data-protection/news/austrias-law-against-online-hate-speech-question-marks-in-the-home-stretch/?fbclid=IwAR0w4DYWM4Dw1DOKaGzen5M-GiMPgQjb0hzw4lTFphXCYxZH_Rc_m_p5aCQ

Video showcasing thrashing of woman in public in India becomes viral. some claim this to be a case of caste violence , some claimed this to be a case of domestic violence. But neither the woman gets any respite, nor the video is pulled down.
https://www.thequint.com/news/webqoof/video-of-up-woman-thrashed-by-husband-viral-with-false-caste-angle

Father beats 30 year old daughter, who had been a victim of domestic violence by her husband, to death as a way of honor killing. Video becomes viral on internet. Jordan police does not take action to prohibit viral circulation of the video.
https://abcnews.go.com/International/video-father-beating-daughter-death-called-honor-killing/story?id=71903071

Corona pandemic encourages men to go for online intimate chatting with strangers and sextortion cases rise: perpetrators posing as girls and women steal private data and continues sextortion.
https://www.indiatoday.in/mail-today/story/now-epidemic-of-sextortion-rattles-delhi-1702691-2020-07-21

France decides to introduce age verification system to prevent and protect children from being exposed to porn sites.
https://www.politico.eu/article/france-to-introduce-controversial-age-verification-system-for-adult-pornography-websites/?fbclid=IwAR1pQCct6YMrygvKaohsLAycoHqXa8mgFpVTBJrHp0ygi4YvhtUEs4snKsU

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for June 1- June 30, 2020

Happy World Social Media Day from Gender & Internet : Web magazine for cyber law for women

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India bans 59 Chinese websites including TikTok , SheIn etc: government cites reasons of national security and privacy issues.
https://www.medianama.com/2020/06/223-tiktok-banned-india-59-chinese-apps/

Lacunae in Korean Communications Standards Commission, which prohibits “explicitly showing or describing specific sexual parts of the body such as male/female genitals, pubic hair or anus” allows more creation and circulation of porn contents including nude body parts of women over live-streams.
https://technology.inquirer.net/101544/freewheeling-sexual-content-the-dark-side-of-s-koreas-internet-broadcasting

Egyptian belly dancer arrested over charge of debauchery. offensive contents were found from the dancer’s TikTok profile which she alleged as unauthorisedly shared and stolen from her phone. Misdemeanors Economic Court stated that the accused had violated family principles and values in Egypt for committing immorality. Dancer decides to file an appeal.
https://www.deccanherald.com/international/world-trending/egypt-court-jails-belly-dancer-for-debauchery-in-social-media-crackdown-854656.html

Jordan police arrests man and his videographer friend who made video and shared it over social media inciting people to rape women who wear revealing clothes.
https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/jordan-two-men-arrested-for-inciting-others-to-rape-women-wearing-revealing-clothes-1.72005981

6 people in Massachusetts who had been former employees of EBay Inc company, have been charged with conspiring to commit cyber stalking and tamper with witnesses as they started threatening a couple, who runs a newsletter on e-commerce by sending anonymous emails, delivering stuffs like live cockroaches, bloody masks etc

https://o.canada.com/pmn/business-pmn/six-former-ebay-employees-charged-with-cyberstalking-massachusetts-couple/wcm/438f59af-0125-4ac8-8cf0-b1f98082ef26

Hyderabad man poses as friend to wife for sextortion and blackmailing in Andhra Pradesh, India, gets arrested on complaint from wife.
https://english.sakshi.com/news/telangana/hyderabad-man-arrested-extorting-rs-1-crore-wife-posing-friend-120389

Pakistan man who worked in a private clinic got arrested for secretly video taped child birthing and other related medical procedures and threatening the clinic owner to share the videos online when the owner terminated his services.
https://tribune.com.pk/story/2246467/clinic-worker-held-videotaping-patients

Thailand unemployed dance teacher arrested by police for possessing offensive images of children in his device.
https://www.chiangraitimes.com/thailand-national-news/teacher-arrested-for-possessing-offensive-images-of-children/

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for May 1-May 31st, 2020

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Its not only teen girls, adult women also find their private photos and information accessible by public during lock down.
https://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/be-it-18-23-or-40-some-men-don-t-grow-out-of-boys-locker-rooms_in_5eb3d316c5b646b73d282acc

Nepali women face sexual objectification and harassment on Reddit: victims’ private Instagram photos are being shared non consensually to harass
https://kathmandupost.com/national/2020/05/07/for-nepali-women-rampant-objectification-and-sexualisation-on-the-internet

Lock down sees rise in the circulation of more “Khemer Porn” on Private Telegram groups in Cambodia, most of which are either non consensual porn or Rape videos.
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/721177/telegrams-protection-opens-gate-to-flood-of-porn/

Indian TikTok star gets multiple charges from different stakeholders for promoting acid attacks on girls on the issue of jilted love affairs on TikTok
https://www.indialegallive.com/top-news-of-the-day/news/multiple-complaints-filed-against-tiktok-siddiqui-for-video-showing-jilted-lovers-acid-attack-99763

Philippino mother arrested for live streaming sexual abuse of her minor children : if proved guilty, she may face life imprisonment too.
https://www.rappler.com/nation/262424-mother-arrested-online-sexual-exploitation-children-caloocan

13 women including 12 girls are rescued from cyber sex den in Bhutan: victims were forced to act in shows which would be video graphed as per the customized demands of the porn customers.
https://philippineslifestyle.com/baby-12-others-rescued-from-cybersex-den-in-butuan/

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for April 7-April 20, 2020

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Fiji reports high rate of revenge porn cases during Covid -19 lock-down. Women feel trapped in revenge porn cases as limited police resources fail to provide effective remedy
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/15/it-sticks-to-me-like-a-disease-fiji-grapples-with-revenge-porn-as-internet-use-booms

Minnesota Court of Appeal rules that State Revenge porn law is unconstitutional
https://www.wctrib.com/news/crime-and-courts/5032097-Court-of-Appeals-calls-revenge-porn-law-unconstitutional-as-it-rules-in-favor-of-woman-in-Kandiyohi-County-case?fbclid=IwAR0n3aKLQMZ8TR9RWIS9kTXAjevgVhCR4NMPDErf6b5vnJIruHhN_0PhEiI

Good news for women victims of cyber crimes in India : Vishakhapatnam police chief takes strict action against police officers who could not resolve cases of cyber crimes against women within due time, deleted data without informing the victims.
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/visakhapatnam/visakhapatnam-police-chief-suspends-two-cops-from-cybercrime-police-station/articleshow/75216692.cms

Beware women! police warns about #Sareechallenge which may lead women to be victims of sextortion, non consensual porn, deep nude.
https://www.opindia.com/2020/04/cybercrime-social-media-pictures-saree-trends-website-nude-blackmail-pornography/

Delhi University faculties receive harassing obscene messages amidst running classes on Zoom.
https://www.hindustantimes.com/delhi-news/du-teachers-complain-of-harassment-abusive-posts-during-online-classes/story-cLVokQNgV0yNG2M67bC4EL.html

Saudi social media prankster man arrested for sharing images of providing tea made with toilet water to unsuspecting wife over social media .
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11369892/social-media-arrested-sick-viral-prank/

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for March 17-April 7, 2020

On behalf of Centre for Cyber Victim Counselling (www.cybervictims.org), we urge all our readers to stay safe and not to share any fake news. Also, please do not use online platforms to generate any harassing content, revenge porn materials, non consensual porn materials bullying, trolling contents etc to harass women and girls. Stay safe. Let others feel safe...

Dr.Debarati Halder

Social media and Whats App being used for spreading fake news and harassing information targeting women travelling from across the countries.
https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2020/mar/25/stop-harassing-her-tn-woman-approached-hospital-on-her-own-didnt-resist-quarantine-says-friend-2121174.html

Amid Corona scare and lock-down, South Korea sees rising of online sexual abuse of women and girls especially through cases like Telegram NTH room
https://meaww.com/molka-scandal-telegram-nth-room-south-korea-needs-to-do-more-combat-sex-crimes-against-women-girls

Online meetings and classes through platforms like Zoom expose more harassment targeting women
https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/video-chats-familiar-forms-online-harassment-make-comeback-n1168806?fbclid=IwAR0rgYLYulrbz9LE9Q0BKnPw0Cxw3Wg7_n4Mpa3DeuaRptAa973Bp2_wbpY

With more usage of Zoom, private video sessions including sessions with therapists, family , friends etc and names and phone numbers get exposed.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/04/03/thousands-zoom-video-calls-left-exposed-open-web/?fbclid=IwAR1M3yRTYKqUuDJhP0rZLz_z8yDcwrZ5CgQN2yzlsgGA2awhPIEOF31CQlA&utm_campaign=wp_main&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook

Cyber security loopholes get exposed in all online platforms including web company giants like Google, Facebook etc.
https://www.politico.eu/article/privacy-agenda-threatened-in-wests-virus-fight/?fbclid=IwAR2BhQ8NHVZB1yNrob6UPRgGtsfOdQcrId1rRSRaoFXtRF8KLcpCAvvTAUQ