Controversial Cybercrime Law
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.