Cyber ​​Security Laws Impede Freedom of Expression: TIB


The executive director of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) said that cyber security law is an obstacle to freedom of expression. Iftekharuzzan.

He said this at a press conference on Thursday (June 13) at the TIB office in Dhanmondi, capital, on the occasion of the review and publication of recommendations of the proposed Cyber ​​Security Rules-2024.

Executive Director of TIB at the press conference. Iftekharuzzaman and Article Nineteen Regional Director (Bangladesh and South Asia) Sheikh Manzoor-e-Alam were present. Researcher Kazi Mafuzul presented the article.

TIB Executive Director Dr. Iftekharuzzaman said, we think the Cyber ​​Security Act-2023 is repressive, largely undemocratic and hinders freedom of expression. By keeping such inconsistencies in the original law, the purpose of making the subordinate legislation will be largely futile. Hence before finalizing the Cyber ​​Security Rules-2024, the Cyber ​​Security Act, 2023 needs to be amended by taking into consideration the concerns, opinions and suggestions of the concerned experts and all stakeholders and through a meaningful and effective participation process.

Presenting the main article, Kazi Mafuzul said that the Cyber ​​Security Act-2023 and the proposed Cyber ​​Security Rules-2024 give us a vague idea about the structure of the National Cyber ​​Security Agency. The proposed National Cyber ​​Security Agency, its director, has given a vague idea of ​​the responsibilities and functions of the National Cyber ​​Incident Response Team, but has failed to provide a clear idea of ​​what the organizational structure of the broader Cyber ​​Security Agency will be.

The TIB’s proposals in this regard include – creating an effective and meaningful organizational structure of the National Cyber ​​Security Agency, upgrading the existing forensic lab with modern equipment, software and manpower instead of establishing a new Digital Forensic Lab, creating a National Cyber ​​Security Agency, National Cyber ​​Incident Response Team and Inclusion of human rights protection provisions in the proposed regulations so that the human rights of citizens are not violated in the activities of digital forensic labs.

The suggestion also calls for specifying minimum personal, educational and technical qualification requirements for officers and employees of various cyber security agencies and including legal procedures for collection of digital evidence from within and outside the country.

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