Facebook and FIA join hands to protect women and children against cyber-crime

The management team for their Facebook Headquarters of Asia Pacific paid a visit to DG FIA Wajid Zia's office.

The Facebook authorities have announced that they will work in close connection with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to fight cybercrime. The management offered to give capacity-building training to officers. This will help keep them updated with the newest and latest social media techniques and trends.

The management team for their Facebook Headquarters of Asia Pacific, supervised by Head of Safety Policy Amber Hawkes, along with Manager Trust and Safety Michael Yoon paid a visit to FIA DG Wajid Zia’s office. They discussed cooperation on reducing cybercrime and protect children and women on the internet.

Additional Director General of FIA Ehsan Sadiq and director Waqar Ahmed Chohan briefed the team about FIA’s role in curbing cybercrime. Problems in collaboration and cooperation in data sharing, as well as cybercrime awareness among social media users in Pakistan, were discussed.

It was then decided that the agency will nominate focal persons for cybercrime wing in every province to work with Facebook on cybercrime cases.

The National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication met on 2nd March 2020. The committee was briefed by Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication secretary and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) chairman on Citizens Protection (Against Online Harm) Rules 2020. The committee, on the other hand, was not fully satisfied with the briefing.

The committee members thought that the rules should be discussed during sessions of the National Assembly and then the same rules would be referred to the standing committee on information technology for further discussions. Then, the above-mentioned rules should be presented in front of the House after the committee’s suggestions.

The agenda was deferred by the committee and the IT ministry, Ministry of Law and Justice, PTA, FIA, NTC and NACTA to further brief members in detail in the next meeting.

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