Draft cybercrime law set to be presented to Lower House by July 16

Proposed legislation aims to combat cybercrime and impose stricter penalties

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AMMAN — The Minister of Government Communication and official spokesperson, Faisal Al-Shboul, announced on Monday that the draft cybercrime law will be submitted to the Lower House prior to the upcoming special parliamentary session. اضافة اعلان

Shboul revealed that the Legal Committee in the Cabinet is currently finalizing the drafting process, as reported by Al-Mamlaka TV.

In response to a Royal Decree, Parliament has been summoned to convene in an extraordinary session on Sunday, July 16, 2023, to review and pass several draft laws, including the proposed cybercrime legislation.

Draft law details
According to Shboul, the draft law will introduce more stringent financial penalties. In 2022 alone, a staggering 16,000 cybercrime-related complaints were registered, with an additional 8,000 complaints recorded in the first half of this year.

Shboul clarified that the responsibility for the draft law falls on the entire government rather than any specific ministry or media laws.

Highlighting the key provisions of the draft cybercrime law, Shboul emphasized that unauthorized access to information networks or systems with the intention of deletion, destruction, disclosure, alteration, or encryption will be deemed a criminal offense.

Such acts are considered a breach of security, foreign relations, public safety, and national economy. Additionally, creating and falsely attributing accounts or pages to others will also be considered unlawful.

Legislation to cover various offences
The proposed legislation encompasses various offenses, including hacking networks and software to disable them, unauthorized entry into electronic payment systems, attacks on money transfer technology and banking services, electronic fraud, and impersonation for financial gain. The law also addresses the promotion of passwords, data, or symbols for the purpose of committing crimes, as well as the promotion of child and juvenile pornography.

Responding to a query about Article 11, which pertains to the dissemination of hate speech through networks or websites, Shboul acknowledged that this provision allows for potential arrests. He stressed that the primary objectives of the law are protection and deterrence, with Article 11 serving as a pre-emptive deterrent against the commission of such crimes.

Shboul further reassured that journalists in Jordan are safeguarded by existing press and media laws, including the Press and Publication Law and the Audiovisual Law, ensuring their protection and freedom of expression.

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