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PM okays Peca law tweaks to regulate social media

Last week, Ministry of IT had issued an SRO to establish the National Cyber Crime Investigation Authority

By Rana Ghulam Qadar
May 09, 2024
PM Shehbaz Shahbaz Sharif gestures during a meeting. — AFP/File
PM Shehbaz Shahbaz Sharif gestures during a meeting. — AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has decided to legislate to regulate the social media in the country.

According to government sources, the prime minister has approved a draft for amending the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) 2016.

The proposed PECA Amendment Bill 2024 suggests the establishment of a Digital Rights Protection Authority. After approval from the cabinet, the proposed bill will be presented in the parliament.

Under the proposed bill, a decision has been made to establish the Digital Rights Protection Authority. The cabinet’s Legal Reforms Committee had recommended the proposed amendment bill and the establishment of the Digital Rights Protection Authority.

The proposed PECA bill and the establishment of the Digital Rights Protection Authority will fall under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Information Technology. The authority will advise the government on digital rights-related matters, ensure responsible use of the internet and enforce regulations.

It will collaborate with social media platforms to facilitate the promotion of a positive digital ecosystem. It will also regulate online content, investigate violations of the new PECA law on social media and take action against violators.

The proposed authority will be able to demand information from involved individuals and witnesses. It may also establish rules to enforce laws related to digital rights and will create a secure and trustworthy digital environment while promoting user protection online and safeguarding fundamental rights.

According to officials, this bill has been formulated to protect the privacy of citizens from the dangers associated with social media; it has no connection with institutions.

Last week, the Ministry of IT had issued an SRO to establish the National Cyber Crime Investigation Authority.