NGOs Weakened Cyber Crime Law for Vested Interests: Anusha

State Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Anusha Rehman blamed NGOs for weakening the Cyber Crime Law while saying it has shortcomings.

“Cyber Crime Law has been weakened and not remains even 40 percent of the original draft, after some NGOs [who had vested interest] raised the issue while quoting attack on freedom of expression”, said the Minister while briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication.

The committee met with Shahi Syed in the chair here on Wednesday.

She further stated that Data Protection Act will be introduced which would protect consumers data and nobody would use it without prior permission.

It maybe recalled that Cyber Crime Law was first drafted in 2012 but was shelved mainly due to opposition from civil society.

It was later tabled by PML(N) during its current tenure but was shelved again amid protests from civil society and activists. Later on, with several amendments, it was finally passed last year and currently enacted with not much implementation.

FIA, the designated authority to deal with the cyber crimes, lacks resources [human, financial and tools] to deal with increasing amount of complaints they get on daily basis.