The head of the Human Rights Committee in the House of Representatives, Representative Tarek Radwan, confirmed that the legislature in Egypt has begun to take steps to catch up with the protection of information technology and rapid technological development through the issuance of Anti-Information Technology “Cybercrime” Act No. 175 of 2018 and its executive regulations in 2020.
It was delivered today, Thursday, at the International Conference on the Challenges of the Protection of the Right to Privacy in the Light of the Developments in Artificial Intelligence, held in partnership between the Arab Organization for Human Rights and the Permanent Higher Committee on Human Rights of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Radwan added that this law bridges the various gaps in the fight against these crimes and imposes penalties on those who violate the sanctity of privacy and the abusive use of websites and electronic means, especially in crimes related to women.
He explained that with the launch of the first national human rights strategy in Egypt in 2021, the strategy indicated the need to guarantee the right to privacy within a legislative framework, in particular the need to amend the Criminal Procedure Code to enforce the constitutional obligation to protect the privacy of victims, witnesses, accused and whistleblowers.
He stressed that the Egyptian parliament is still working intensively in two directions: the first is to take up dozens of legislative claims imposed by the constitution, and the second is to expedite the response to urgent legislative needs to address urgent and other phenomena. of an exceptional Domestic crime, cross-border crimes and emerging crimes, to ensure the protection of society against any threats.
He continued: We are currently witnessing an unprecedented boom in the development of information and communication technology in all aspects of life, scientifically, culturally and socially, and the development continues to continue to manage and manipulate information and infringe on people’s freedom, life and dignity.
He pointed out that this conference coincided with important Egyptian developments in the field of human rights, as human rights issues became top of the national action agenda in the context of the adoption and activation of the national human rights strategy, and it was manifested. in stopping the work of the state of emergency, and beginning the process of rehabilitation of detention centers in Egypt.According to the philosophy of strengthening community protection, and actively reviewing the position of detainees in public affairs with the aim of to release all those who were not involved in violence and bloodshed, there are about 30 legislative projects and legislative amendments currently being considered after their preparation has been completed in consultation with stakeholders.
He explained that the Egyptian state has been trying for years to strengthen the legislative structure and keep pace with social development, especially with regard to the protection of information and data. Private life is inviolable, including electronic correspondence and means of communication, in addition to protection of personal liberty or the sanctity of the private life of citizens, and that crimes of violation of these rights are not subject to statute of limitations in the text of Article 99.
Radwan further said that this conference was held to shed light on the extent of technological development and artificial intelligence and the change it has contributed to the image of the world and the virtual reality in which we live and forms of social, cultural and educational communication, which indicates that ways will be discussed to address the negative impact of this development on the enjoyment of the right to privacy as a right Intrinsic human and its impact on human dignity.
He pointed out that this conference comes at a very important time for the tremendous technological development, as with the increasing pace of development it has been found that it is easy for a person to fall prey and victim to crimes that depend on of the frightening technological development based on artificial intelligence, or to violate human rights or It threatens human privacy, as well as the inadequacy and effectiveness of legal protection at the practical and operational levels.
He stressed that “the majority of people in our societies have become potential victims of cybercrime and the invasion of their privacy, whether intentionally or unintentionally, just by browsing, using applications on their mobile phones, spreading false information and being dragged into the waves. of social media. “
He pointed out that this conference aims to propose ways and means to confront this issue to ensure the protection of society and its rights and to keep pace with the development of crimes with a legislative, proportionate and appropriate development that protects the right to privacy. does not limit the technological capabilities of the individual, and increases the status of states in protecting the safety of society from any transgressions that may threaten its safety or security of its members.