Lower House approves amended changes to Cybercrimes Law

The Lower House has approved the amended changes to the Cybercrimes Law after it went through the Senate.

Lower House
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AMMAN — The Lower House has approved the Cybercrimes Law after approving the amended changes by the Senate during a session earlier today. اضافة اعلان

Amended changes
On Tuesday, the Senate introduced modifications to Article 15, 16, and 17 of the Cybercrimes Law, empowering the judiciary to impose imprisonment, fines, or both, instead of the previous dual punishment system. Meanwhile, fines for personal defamation have been reduced to range between JD5,000 to JD20,000.

Meanwhile, Article 16 prescribes imprisonment for no less than three months and a fine of no less than JD5,000 and no more than JD20,000 for anyone who deliberately spreads, attributes, or ascribes actions in cyberspace that could lead to the assassination of a person's character.

Additionally, Article 17 stipulates imprisonment for a period ranging from one to three years or a fine of no less than JD5,000 and no more than JD20,000 dinars, or both penalties, for anyone who intentionally publishes material in cyberspace that incites sedition, animosity, targets public order, incites hatred, calls for violence, justifies it, or insults religions.

The Senate removed the phrase "or both penalties") of Article 33 because the provision sent by the House of Representatives only mentions one punishment, which is a fine ranging from JD15,000 to JD30,000 for anyone who refuses to carry out the orders of the public prosecutor or the competent court or violates them.

Additionally, the Senate recommended that the government provide technical support to the Cybercrimes Unit at the Directorate of Public Security to enable it to keep up with the rapid technological developments.

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