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Egypt’s New Cyber-Crime Law Officially Ratified

Better watch your virtual step from now on.

In a spot of cyber news this fine Sunday afternoon that we weren’t allowed to bridge, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has finally ratified (a fancy word for approved) a 45-article law pertaining to online security against suspected extremism, terrorist activity, and generally combating cybercrime, according to Al-Ahram.

The 'Anti-Cyber and Information Technology Crimes' law strictly prohibits any kind of “dissemination of information on the movements of the army or police, and the promotion of the ideas of terrorist organisations.”

In addition, articles 14 through 22 of the law specifically pertain to legal procession regarding hacking. A fine from anywhere between EGP 50,000 and 200,000, as well as a two-year prison sentence, will apply to any individual convicted of hacking into any state-owned information systems. This is in accordance with article 20 of the law’s first chapter, which was published by the Egyptian Gazette last Saturday.

With regards to articles 24 and 25, any individuals found guilty of creating and/or operating an email, private account or website with the name of another person or institution are liable to face three-months imprisonment, as well as a fine ranging between EGP 10,000 and 30,000.

As for websites that publish any potentially threatening material with regards to the country’s national security (or economy), expect a permanent block after due process, in accordance with article 7.

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