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Digital Security Agency formed

  • Published at 12:00 am July 11th, 2019
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Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Mustafa Jabbar speaks at a dialogue, titled 'Rights and Responsibilities of Internet Service Providers,' organised by Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), at the Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (Cirdap) auditorium on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Mustafa Jabbar says Facebook has agreed to comply with the DSA: Youtube still unresponsive

Posts, Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar on Wednesday  said a dedicated Digital Security Agency has been formed to monitor and ensure online security. 

He said people should be clear about the Digital Security Act 2018. “And this Digital Security Agency will monitor all issues related to ensuring digital security,” he added.  

The agency will be located with the ICT division. He was speaking at a dialogue – Rights and Responsibilities of Internet Service Providers – organized by Ain O Salish Kendra to share a draft code of conduct on the sexual exploitation of children online, and in travel and tourism, held at Cirdap.

A director general has already been appointed according to the minister.

Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune about when the agency will be fully operational, the minister said: “it depends entirely on my DG’s efficiency in forming the agency.”

“There are two things left to do in terms of security: one is to establish a forensic lab and a national CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) for digital security. 

“One of the responsibilities of the agency will be to coordinate between the forensic lab and CERT” added the minister. 

This agency will have the authority to tell BTRC to block websites that it deems to be security threats, said Jabbar. 

As part of preventive measures, the agency has been empowered to take holistic cooperation initiatives including information exchange with any similar type of international  organizations with the prior permission of the government, the Digital Security Act states.   

On June 29th, the minister said the government will start directly "intervening" in any content on social media from next September, using “collected technology.”

The minister said Facebook in February agreed to comply with DSA 2018 in Barcelona since the social networking site would have been banned otherwise. “But Youtube is still unresponsive.”

In another program on Wednesday, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud  said social media will be monitored to check fake news.

Hasan said: “Many rumours and fake news were also spread through social media, causing social instability. So we should seriously think of  finding ways to ensure discipline in such media so it can’t harm the country and society.”

"Anyone can publish anything on social media as it's an unedited platform. People used to depend on  mainstream media for information in the past, but now they also get information from social media. The recent Barguna killing got exposure on social media," he said.