Sri Lanka drafting laws to control social media: defence ministry

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s defence ministry has said it is brining law to control social media and a new agency will be set up to combat cyber crimes, on national security grounds.

“The new legal framework will be introduced under the National Cyber Security Strategy, which will be formulated soon to address emerging cyber crimes issues that pose a threat to the national security,” the ministry said in a statement

“The Defence Ministry is to introduce new laws to stop publishing defamatory posts and comments on social media and also a mechanism for immediate removal of ethnically and religiously sensitive posts that spread hatred via social media networks.”

Sri Lanka’s existing laws law to combat ‘hate speech’ under a UN sponsored law have been selectively implemented against minorities by law enforcement authorities raising concerns.

Secretary to the defence ministry retired Major General Kamal Guneratne had asked Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team, which comes under his ministry to finalize the drafting of a Cyber Security Act.

A Digital Infrastructure Protection Agency (DIPA) will be set up to implement the National Information and Cyber Security Strategy.

SLCERT officials told the defence.lk that cybercrimes against individuals and organisations are increasing rapidly as the Sri Lanka lacks a proper legal and tracking system to bring those culprits to the book.

These crimes includes cyber crimes against individuals such as credit card fraud, revenge porn, crimes against property, crimes against hacking and intellectual property theft and cyber crimes. (Colombo/Jan21/2020)