App Developers – Watch Out for Privacy!
Jan20

App Developers – Watch Out for Privacy!

Towards the end of last year The Straits Times reported that 90 per cent of mobile apps in Singapore (including those from banks, telcos, real estate agents and financial advisers) do not adequately comply with data protection laws in Singapore. The concern continues this year in another article in the Straits Times. This topic is important. In today’s online world, it is worrying to hear about such a high level of...

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Singapore criminalises online gambling – who is affected?
Jan29

Singapore criminalises online gambling – who is affected?

From Monday, 2 February 2015, the full force of Singapore’s extensive new Remote Gambling Act will be felt, both inside and outside of Singapore. The Act will criminalise the entire spectrum of remote gambling activities. The restrictions are extremely broad and will be felt by operators, agents, brokers, service providers, broadcasters, advertising networks, payment processors, financial institutions, ISPs – and, of course...

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China lifts ban on games consoles – but with what conditions?
Jan11

China lifts ban on games consoles – but with what conditions?

It looks like China is finally ready to lift its 14-year ban on games consoles made by the likes of Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo, opening up a potentially lucrative and relatively untapped market. But (and it might be a very big “but”) – there will be conditions attached. The ban The Chinese Government banned gaming consoles back in June 2000. The driving force behind the ban was the perceived “corrupting...

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The week in Connected Asia
Dec11

The week in Connected Asia

Here is a quick round-up of stories from a busy week in Connected Asia. 1. China has the highest number of fast-growing tech companies. With 128 companies ranked in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 Asia-Pacific, China has emerged as the country with the highest number of fast-growing tech companies. China Communications Media Group, which is one of the largest mobile software platforms in China, was the fastest growing of them...

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Vietnam steps up its control of the internet
Nov29

Vietnam steps up its control of the internet

The Vietnamese Government is taking further steps to control internet activity in the country. On the horizon and scheduled to come into effect on 14 January is “Decree 174″. According to the translations circulating online, the new Decree will have two key areas of focus: social media and online gaming. The aspect making most of the headlines is that users of social media who post comments that criticise the Government...

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Singapore Government to Regulate Online Gambling
Nov28

Singapore Government to Regulate Online Gambling

It looks like Singapore is going to regulate online gambling. Today, the government announced plans to make online gambling services illegal, unless there are specific exemptions. The majority of the government announcement focused on how new laws would give enforcement agencies the powers necessary to act against the operators of online gambling services, and how website, payment and advertisement-blocking technologies will restrict...

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