Section 57 to go with passage of Digital Security Bill: Jabbar
Published : Sunday, 16 September, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 122
With the passage of the Digital Security Bill by the Parliament, Section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act will no longer be there, said Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar on Saturday.
The minister said this while inaugurating a national debate programme as chief guest organized by Debate for Democracy at Film Development Corporation (FDC) in the city.
He said thought the Section 57 will be abolished, the proceedings of the running cases filed under it will continue.
'In section 32 of the new law, the word 'spying' won't exist. The proposed law aims to prevent digital crimes, not to curb freedom of speech. After the passing of the bill, some other relevant acts might need amendments,' the minister said.
The target of the proposed digital security law is not to control social media but control digital crimes. Digital security should be ensured by using technology, he added.
'The proposed law won't be a barrier to reporting on corruption but violation of official secrecy will be a punishable offence. To reduce digital crimes, we need to create public awareness,' Jabbar said.
The minister said those who spread rumours during the safe road movement were brought to justice with the help of technology.