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An “Ugly” New Data Protection Law in Lebanon

The English translation of Chapter 5 of the E-Transactions Law concerning the processing of personal data can be found at the end of the article.  للقراءة باللغة العربية. An “Ugly” New Data Protection Law in Lebanon The recently passed Electronic Transactions and Personal Data Law (E-Transactions Law), initially introduced in 2004 for the purpose of […]

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Mobile internet speeds up the Arab countries, but fixed broadband lags behind

  Lebanon, Egypt, and Oman all made gains for mobile internet speeds in August 2018, according to Ookla’s Global Index, which ranks mobile and fixed broadband speeds around the world. Yet, it is interesting that many of the Arab countries have improved mobile internet speed, but they rank lower in fixed broadband as Lebanon, Egypt […]

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Who will really pay for the Ministry of Telecommunications’ decision to prevent smuggling mobiles?

Since 2012, Lebanon’s Ministry of Telecommunications has been trying, despite changes in leadership, to combat the smuggling of smartphones. The latest decision was announced on August 31 by caretaker minister Jamal al-Jarrah. A few points to gather from the directive: Citizens are responsible for ensuring that their International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) complies with the […]

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A Snapshot of Digital Rights Coverage in the MENA Region

Introduction One day in early 2015, Habib Battah, an investigative journalist who operates the website Beirut Report, noticed new construction works in the city’s Hamra district. Hoping that this was the physical manifestation of much-touted plans to upgrade the notoriously slow internet in Lebanon, he observed thin blue pipe being laid into newly dug trenches, […]

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