Government to review social media rules made by the previous PTI regime

The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT) made the announcement while briefing the National Assembly's Standing Committee.

The federal government has constituted a committee to review social media rules made by the previous PTI regime.

The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT) made the announcement while briefing the National Assembly’s Standing Committee of IT and Telecom. It was also revealed that the first meeting of the committee would take place soon on 8th September 2022.

The officials gave details about it to the standing committee, which was chaired by Khan Muhammad Jamali. They were informed that the IT Ministry had started working on Cyber Security Policy. A National Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), Sectoral CERT, and National Cyber Security Authority will be developed in accordance with the policy. The process of hiring staff and setting up laboratories for the purpose is also underway.

The officials also told that a set of rules have been drafted by CERT, which would then be sent to the cabinet for approval purposes by the Law Ministry.

Members of the committee quoted experiences of data breaches that they have experienced. Jaweria Zafar from the committee informed that her fingerprints were stolen through social media posts. They were then used to hack into her bank account. Despite her repeated complaints on the issue, no action was taken in this aspect. Another member Naz Baloch mentioned that the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) was hacked twice in the last couple of days. FBR contains data of all Pakistani citizens.

The committee members expressed concerns over the alarmingly increasing cases of cybercrime in Pakistan. The IT Ministry officials told the members that they are working with National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) to tackle the issue and control the increasing cases of cybercrime.

Other than this, the committee was further briefed about the development of a Semi-conductor Chip Design Facilitation Centre and Network, a project of PSDP.

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