MoI re­futes re­ports

No sur­veil­lance of pri­vate so­cial me­dia ac­counts

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The Min­istry of In­te­rior has de­nied re­ports on so­cial me­dia claim­ing that a new sur­veil­lance law deal­ing with these web­sites is in ef­fect. “The re­ports are ab­so­lutely base­less and un­true,” a state­ment is­sued by the min­istry yes­ter­day noted, adding that “there hasn’t been any new com­mu­ni­ca­tion law en­acted” as these re­ports al­lege.

More­over, the state­ment noted that the min­istry is com­mit­ted to its se­cu­rity obli­ga­tions with­out en­croach­ing on per­sonal pri­va­cies. The state­ment also un­der­scored that a new in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy law in ef­fect since Jan 12 has spec­i­fied the penal­ties vi­o­la­tors face, not­ing that the law does not au­tho­rize the min­istry to in­trude on peo­ples’ pri­va­cies. It added that so­cial me­dia users are free to uti­lize the plat­form as they see fit, and will only face legal ac­tion for any in­frac­tions of state laws.

Min­istry Spokesman Mo­ham­mad Al-Awwash said in a later state­ment that the elec­tronic me­dia law reg­u­lates the me­dia pro­fes­sion and is not ap­pli­ca­ble to per­sonal ac­counts on so­cial me­dia.

He de­nied al­le­ga­tions that the new law aims at tight­en­ing the noose on the free­dom of Twit­ter users and those with per­sonal ac­counts on digital net­works.

It is rather in­tended to com­plete the reg­u­la­tions of the me­dia, the press and the pub­lish­ing pro­fes­sions, Awwash said. On July 20, 2016, the min­istry of in­for­ma­tion is­sued min­is­te­rial res­o­lu­tion 100/2016 stip­u­lat­ing ex­ec­u­tive leg­is­la­tions of law 8/2016 reg­u­lat­ing elec­tronic me­dia. The law, en­dorsed and pub­lished in the of­fi­cial gazette in Fe­bru­ary, stip­u­lates free­doms of ex­pres­sion and ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion ac­cord­ing to con­sti­tu­tional norms. — KUNA

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