Representative Tariq Radwan, head of the Human Rights Committee in the House of Representatives, said it was necessary to shed light on the extent of technological development and artificial intelligence and the change in the image of the world and the virtual reality in which we live. and forms of social, cultural and educational communication, emphasizing the need to discuss together ways to address their negative impact Evolution on the enjoyment of the right to privacy as a fundamental human right and its impact on human dignity.
Speaking at the International Conference on “Promoting the Right to Privacy in the Context of Artificial Intelligence Challenges”, Radwan emphasized that the conference was coming at a very important time due to the tremendous technological development, and said that we are currently an unprecedented boom in the development of information and communication technology at all levels of life. Scientifically, culturally and socially, the development continues to manage and manipulate information and infringe on people’s freedom, life and dignity, and the smallest or least knowledgeable person can “with one click” to communicate with people anywhere in the world and does not even need a single language to communicate, and this It is now normal and self-evident.
He added that with the increasing pace of development, specialists have found that it is easy for a person to become the prey and victim of crimes that depend on the frightening technological development based on artificial intelligence, or to violate human rights or to threaten human privacy. as the inadequacy and effectiveness of legal protection at the applied and practical levels Note that most people in our societies have become “potential victims” of cybercrime and the violation of their privacy, whether intentional or unintentional, just by browsing or applying applications to use them. cell phones or fake information and being dragged into the waves of “social media”.
He pointed out that the conference offers us 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 the right to privacy protected, not restricted. the technological capabilities of the individual, and increase the status of states in protecting the safety of society from any transgressions that may threaten its safety or the safety of its members.
He continued: “This conference coincides with important Egyptian developments in the field of human rights, where human rights issues have become at the top of the national action agenda in the context of the adoption and activation of the national human rights strategy. Egypt, according to the philosophy of strengthening community protection, and actively reviewing the position of detainees in matters of public affairs with the aim of freeing all those who were not involved in violence and bloodshed, and there are about 30 draft legislation and legislative amendments currently being considered upon completion of their preparation in consultation with stakeholders. ”
He stressed that the Egyptian state has been striving for years to strengthen the legislative structure and keep pace with social development, especially with regard to the protection of information and data. The enormous guarantees added by the Egyptian Constitution of 2014 – which in line with and exceeded international human rights standards – includes the affirmation in Article 57 that “private life is protected.” Do not touch, including electronic correspondence and means of communication, in addition to ensuring the protection of personal liberty or the sanctity of the privacy of citizens, and that crimes of violation of these rights are not subject to a law of restrictions in the text of Article “99 not.”
He stressed that, in contrast to the penal code, the regulation of communication and the regulation of the press and media, the legislature has begun to take steps to catch up with the protection of information technology and rapid technological development through the issuance of the Anti-Information Technology “Cybercrime” Act No. 175 of 2018 and its executive regulations in 2020, and this law fills the various gaps. In the fight against these crimes and the creation of penalties for those who mean the sanctity of private life and abusive use of websites and electronics, the Egyptian parliament also interacted with society’s requirements and civil society’s proposals by issuing of Personal Data Protection Act No. 151 of 2020, which provides protection to victims, especially in crimes related to women.
He pointed out 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 Code of Criminal Procedure to enforce assured of 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 phenomena and other phenomena. of an exceptional To keep pace with current developments at the level of domestic and cross-border crime, and new crimes, to ensure the protection of society against any emerging threats, taking into account that the Egyptian legal approach indirectly affects other countries follow and go along with it, and we hope to soon complete the legislative structure with access to a law regulating the right to circulate information in accordance with the constitutional right established by the National Human Rights Strategy.