In a move that has caught the world’s attention (and if it hasn’t, it certainly should), Russia’s parliament, known as the State Duma, has taken the first step toward pulling out of an important international treaty called the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). This treaty, signed in 1996, aims to ban all nuclear tests globally. It has been a cornerstone in making nuclear tests socially and politically unacceptable. Russia ratified it in 2000, but now seems to be having second thoughts. What does this mean and what should you know? Let’s dive in.

India’s recently enacted (and much awaited) data protection legislation, known as the Digital Personal Data Protection Act (DPDPA) of 2023, has introduced several significant mandates. One of the most talked-about aspects is the requirement for companies to verify the age of minors via parental consent. While the objective is clear—protect the data of vulnerable individuals—the operational aspects are causing quite a stir among businesses and legal experts. So what’s the issue exactly?

The Indian government is set to enforce a critical change to its Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime starting October 1st and it’s going to affect international companies that provide digital online services to those in the country, bringing them within the net of an 18% GST that’s most likely going to make everything from streaming TV shows to music to even cloud services that much more expensive. Why and how exactly is all of this happening and what should you know whether you’re an international service provider or simply a domestic consumer who likes to stream music when you work out? Let’s dive in.