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Federal govt starts consultations to set up Digital Rights Protection Authority

By News Desk

May 16, 2024 11:33 PM


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The Federal government has started consultations with relevant stakeholders to set up the Digital Rights Protection Authority which will oversee social media platforms in the country, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Thursday.

The proposed Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) Amendment Bill 2024 related to the Digital Rights Protection Authority will be presented in the parliament.

The Cabinet Legal Reforms Committee has invited media houses and other stakeholders to join the consultation session and proposed their suggestions regarding the amendment bill and the establishment of the Digital Rights Protection Authority.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has formed a committee on the matter in the cabinet, tasked to consult with the relevant stakeholders regarding the establishment of the regulator authority. The Authority’s mission will be to promote responsible Internet usage and ensure compliance with regulations.

The purpose of the Digital Rights Protection Authority is to advise the government on matters related to digital rights.

Sources said the authority will work towards fostering a positive digital ecosystem in collaboration with media houses in the country. Additionally, the consultation will address issues related to cooperation with social media platforms and regulating content. The proposed Digital Rights Authority will also explore avenues for investigating violations of social media laws.

Furthermore, the government is preparing a privacy bill to safeguard against threats originating from social media platforms, according to sources.

 

Reporter: Awais Kiyani


News Desk


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