Con­tro­ver­sial Cy­ber­crime Law

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

The Bangladesh gov­ern­ment is go­ing to en­act a cy­ber­crime law to en­sure dig­i­tal se­cu­rity, check cy­ber­crime and crim­i­nalise of­fences that are com­mit­ted over the in­ter­net. Quite a pos­i­tive step though ma­jor clauses of the pro­posed law have ma­jor is­sues, mak­ing it a bit con­tro­ver­sial piece of leg­is­la­tion even be­fore its fi­nal en­act­ment. Most im­por­tantly, the law au­tho­rises the po­lice and se­cu­rity agen­cies to mon­i­tor over­all in­ter­net ac­tiv­i­ties in a covert man­ner, which is noth­ing than an in­tru­sion into the lives of ci­ti­zens. Many terms and ex­pres­sions used in the draft law are vague, such as “acts of defama­tion” and “use of com­puter or other elec­tronic de­vices to hurt re­li­gious sen­ti­ment and/or to harm the over­all sta­bil­ity and law and or­der of the coun­try.” Taken as a whole, the draft law needs an im­me­di­ate re­view, as it largely fails to de­fine ac­tions that would lead to pun­ish­ment and it also does not pro­vide pro­ce­du­ral safe­guards to the ac­cused.

Mo­ham­mad Akram,

Si­ra­j­ganj, Bangladesh.

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