The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Ministry has decided to discuss the Digital Security Bill with stakeholders to make it a law fit of the times.
The JS body made the decision at a meeting held at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban on Sunday with its chairman Imran Ahmad in the chair with committee members State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Mouazzem Hossain Ratan, Showkat Hasanur Rahman Rimon and Hosne Ara Lutfa Dalia.
Posts, Telecommunications and IT Minister Mustafa Jabbar and Law Minister Anisul Huq attended the meeting by a special invitation.
The meeting discussed the bill in detail and brought necessary amendments to it.
On April 9, the Digital Security Bill, 2018, was placed in the Parliament that aims to deal with cybercrimes, including hurting the religious sentiment, negative propaganda against the Liberation War and the Father of Nation, and illegal activities in e-transactions and spreading defamatory data.
Later, it was sent to the parliamentary standing committee for scrutiny. The committee is supposed to submit its report within four weeks.
As per the bill, digital forensic labs, and a digital security agency under the Prime Minister's Office will be set up, while a national computer emergency response team and an 11-member digital security council, headed by the prime minister, will be constituted.
According to the proposed law, anyone spreading negative propaganda against the Liberation War or Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, using digital devices, will risk being sentenced. The punishment for spreading such propaganda is maximum 14 years in jail, Tk1 crore in fine or both.
The punishment for illegal access to critical information infrastructure (CII) is the maximum seven-year imprisonment or maximum Tk25 lakh in fines or both, while that for damaging the CII through illegal access is the maximum 14 years' imprisonment or Tk1 crore in fines or both.
The punishment for resorting to cyber violence which will jeopardize the integrity or security or sovereignty of the state, intimidate the people or any section of people, impede legitimized access to computer, computer network or internet is maximum 14 years' imprisonment or maximum Tk1 crore in fines or both.
The punishment for hurting religious values and sentiment is maximum 10-year imprisonment, or Tk20 lakh in fines or both.
Resorting to digital theft by capturing any confidential information of government and semi-government, autonomous and statuary bodies by using computer, computer network, digital network or any other electronic devices through illegal access is a cognisable offence.
The offences under the sections 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33 and 34 of the proposed laws are cognisable and non-bailable, while the offences under the sections 20, 25, 29 and 48 are bailable ones.