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PV Desk

The Cabinet has approved the draft of the Cyber Security Act after amending some sections of the controversial Digital Security Act.

The draft was finalised with a few changes, including alterations to some definitions, said Cabinet Secretary Md Mahbub Hossain after the meeting. Sections 17, 19, 27 and 33 are non-bailable, but the rest are bailable.

The approval came from the Cabinet meeting held at the Secretariat on Monday with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

The Cyber Security Act will not provide imprisonment of journalists in defamation cases. However, there is a maximum penalty of Tk 25 lakh while imprisonment of 3 or 6 months is applicable in default.

On August 7, the cabinet gave in-principle approval to the draft amendments to the Digital Security Act 2018. The law is then sent to the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs for ‘vetting’ or verification and opinion. It received final approval after verification and feedback there.

The Information and Communication Technology Act was enacted in 2006 to deal with crimes related to information technology, which came to be known as the ICT Act. The government canceled the ICT Act in 2018 in the face of severe criticism. At that time the ‘Digital Security Act’ was passed.