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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Cyber Crimes Act will criminalize spreading false news on Egypt by online outlets

The Cyber Crimes Act will expand the definition of online crime to include “spreading false news on Egypt,” said Nidal Saad, chair of the House of Representatives’ ICT Committee. He tells AMAY that this would not be limited to social media platforms alone, but will encompass all other outlets. As we noted in July, the law would over social media accounts to surveillance. The law would be part of three acts the committee plans to bring to a vote, the others being the Personal Privacy Act, and the Online Media Act, said Saad who offered no details on the other laws. The committee will be looking at Egypt’s version of a Freedom of Information Act and an Intellectual Property Rights Act in the next session of the House.

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