JS body finalises report on Digital Security Bill

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:46am on September 12, 2018


Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban

The parliamentary standing committee on posts, telecommunications and information and communication technology ministry on Tuesday finalised its report on the much-debated Digital Security Bill 2018.
The committee at a meeting finalised the report a day after it sought one more month from the parliament on Monday to prepare the report.
After the meeting, the committee chairman Imran Ahmad told reporters that they finalised the report on the Digital Security Bill, proposing some changes to the bill.
A good number of changes have been made as per the proposals from journalists, he added.
The parliamentary body brought about 16 changes to the bill, meeting sources said.
The committee is likely to place the report in parliament in the ongoing session, they said.
On April 9, posts, telecommunications and information technology minister Mustafa Jabbar placed the Digital Security Bill aiming to deal with cybercrimes, including hurting the religious sentiment, negative propaganda against the liberation war and the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and illegal activities in e-transactions and spread of defamatory data.
Later, it was sent to the parliamentary standing committee for scrutiny.
Many offences mentioned in the proposed law have been made cognisable and nonbailable offences.
In the bill, digital, database and critical information infrastructure have been defined.