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 December 1, 2015  Laws, Non-U.S., Online

Wafa Ben Hassine writes:

The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PECB) has received harsh criticism inside and outside of Pakistan since its radical re-drafting in April of this year. A coalition of Pakistan’s leading online rights groups and businesses warned the current version, written with no input from legal experts or technologists, would “adversely impact the IT industry…. and [the] constitutional rights and safeguards guaranteed to citizens”. Human Rights Watch went further, saying it constitutes “clear and present danger to human rights”. But it took one of Pakistan’s leading legal experts on computer crime jurisprudence, Zahid Jamil, to call the bill “by far the worst piece of cybercrime legislation in the world.”

Read more on EFF. There’s just so much wrong with the bill that I’m hard-pressed to pull out any one section for quoting. Thankfully, Wafa goes through a number of sections of the bill to highlight the problems.

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