The head of the Human Rights Committee in the House of Representatives, representative Tarek Radwan, confirmed that the legislative authority in Egypt 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.
This came today, Thursday, in his speech during the international conference on the challenges of protecting the right to privacy in the light of the developments of artificial intelligence, held in partnership between the Arab Organization for Human Rights and the Permanent High Committee for Human Rights of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Radwan added that this law bridges the various gaps in combating these crimes and sets penalties for those who violate the sanctity of private life 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 strategy on human rights in Egypt in 2021, the strategy indicated the need to guarantee the right to privacy within a legislative framework, especially the need to amend the Criminal Procedure Code to enforce the constitutional obligation to protect the privacy of victims, witnesses, accused and whistleblowers.
He emphasized 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 speed up the response to urgent legislative needs to urgent phenomena 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, scientific, cultural and social, and the development continues to go further to manage and manipulate information. and infringe on people’s freedom, life and dignity.
He pointed out that this conference coincides with important Egyptian developments in the field of human rights, as human rights issues have become at the top of the national action agenda in the context of the adoption and activation of the national strategy for human rights, and this has been manifested. in stopping the work of the state of emergency, and starting 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 matters of public affairs with the aim of freeing everyone too late which was not involved in violence and bloodshed, there are approximately 30 legislative projects and legislative amendments currently under consideration after their preparation in consultation with stakeholders has been completed.
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 protecting of personal liberty or the sanctity of the private life of citizens, and that crimes of violation of these rights are not subject to statutes 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 points out 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 person 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 become prey and victim of crimes that depend on the terrifying 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 emphasized that “the majority of people in our societies have become potential victims of cybercrime and the violation of their privacy, either intentionally or unintentionally, just by browsing, using applications on their mobile phones, spreading false information and getting into the waves to become. of social media.”
He pointed out that this conference aims to propose ways and means to confront this matter to ensure the protection of the society and its rights and keep track of 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 against any violations that may threaten its safety or the security of its members.