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Opinion: Pakistan Needs Cybercrime Legislation

PRIVACY LAW—PAKISTAN

April 13, 2011

Pakistan's government should immediately reconstitute a select committee to propose internationally-compliant legislation on cybercrime, writes National Assemblyman Marvi Memon in the International Herald Tribune. The Prevention of Electronic Crime Ordinance (PECO) was introduced in 2009 but did not pass the house after Memon and other assembly members blocked the bill, which he says lacked necessary amendments on human rights and international convention compliance. Had PECO passed, for example, police authorities could seize computers and electronic data without warrants and make arrests based on cybercrimes that are "non-bailable," with no protections for fabricated evidence. New legislation should establish "law enforcement training...a parliamentary advisory group and an international cybercrime task force."
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