Being online is great, but you must follow government legislation when you are online. There are internet laws in every country, Not following these laws can get you arrested, fined or both. You end up facing the consequences when you don't follow local internet laws.
We listed 10 activities that have people arrested in some part of the world. The liberal Indian democracy provides internet freedom with reasonable restrictions.Here are 10 laws you must be aware of to avoid making wrong mistakes on the internet under the garb of Freedom of Expression! :
Having An Open Wi-Fi
Open Wi-fi networks can be problematic. The risk of having a Open Wi-fi can is like giving internet access to predators, terrorists and other persons who use internet for criminal activities. It is always safe to password protect your Wi-Fi using WEP, WPA and WPA2.
An Open Wi-Fi can land you in soup as it could be used for accessing ponography or even terrorists activities.
Deleting Your Search History
Deleting your Search History sounds very innocent. But in the case of David Kernell, he was arrested in the US. He was under investigation by authorities for allegedly hacking into the Yahoo account of Sarah Palin, Republican Vice presidential Candidate at the time.
Offensive Posts, Messages or Tweets
Offensive Facebook Posts and Tweets have landed people in Jail world over. There are dozens of examples. Here is one funny tweet that landed the person in soup, It was a joke, but ended up really bad.
Using VOIP services
Using VOIP services is strictly restricted in Ethiopia. This includes using services like Skype. It can land you in Prison. The country's telecommunication laws strictly prohibit VOIP, or transfer of any information over VOIP. The laws are applicable for both citizens as well as for Tourists.
Dancing in a Video
This is an offence in Iran. Six people were arrested for dancing to a video from the Song "Happy" sung by Pharrel Williams. The judiciary of Iran pronounced them guilty and they received a punishment of 91 lashes and a year of prison sentence. The sentence was later suspended and they were let off in six months.
Leaving Internet Comments
Leaving Controversial internet comments can land you in soup in any part of the world. But Syria has something different. Commenting on the internet is a crime in Syria. Syria has very strict censorship laws. People found guilty of violating the law can be arrested.
Writing against Prime Minister / Monarch or King
In Thailand, the authorities arrested an American citizen touring the country who translated a post that was found offensive.He posted the translation on Facebook.The post was made against the king, as authorities in Thailand consider the King as a Supreme leader. Any post made against the King can land a person in Jail in Thailand.
Online Gambling is banned in several countries around the world.This includes organised gambling or playing online games that promote gambling like Poker, BlackJack, etc.
File Sharing and Torrents have repeatedly been a issue in several counties. File Sharing end up violating copy right laws as sharing of movies, music, images and files without proper permission is an offence. Downloading torrents is unlawful in some countries.
Posting Lyrics on Facebook
Posting Lyrics may not be a Crime.But a School student in the US was arrested for posting Rap lyrics that were found to be threatening. The Authorities found the lyrics to contain material that said that he will murder somebody and might even blow up the White house. The charges could lead to up to 20 years in Prison and fines.