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Be careful: ‘Deleted data can be retrieved from your laptops, phones’

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KARACHI: Data can be retrieved from your computers or phones very easily even if it has been deleted, said Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) women complaint cell head Nusrat Haris. She, along with CPLC chief Ahmed Chinoy, was briefing the students at Mohammad Ali Jinnah University during their visit on Wednesday about the functioning of the […]

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Ministry terms cyber crime bill a consensus document

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ISLAMABAD – Ministry of Information Technology on Tuesday termed the criticism on newly finalized Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 as baseless and just misconceived interpretation. “The entire notion that the bill was prepared behind closed door needs to be corrected, the bill was in fact put together after exhaustive rounds of consultations with public […]

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Couple held in cyber crime case

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PESHAWAR: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Monday arrested a couple from the court premises after the woman’s pre-arrest bail and her husband’s bail petition were dismissed in a case of cyber crime in which the personal videos of a female police constable from her cell phone were shared. Additional Sessions Judge Peshawar Nusrat Yasmin […]

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Pakistan’s proposed ‘cyber hudood’

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Karachi: Imagine going to jail for sending emails and posting pictures of friends and family without obtaining their ‘permission’. Retweeting a meme you thought was funny. Making a critical comment on the cyber space about a deal made by a country having ‘friendly’ relations with Pakistan. Imagine having all your online activity stored at every […]

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Voicing concern: Cyber crime bill continues to attract criticism

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KARACHI: While the internet users in Pakistan still await the return of YouTube, the government looks to usher in the controversial Prevention of Electronic Crime Act (PEC) 2015. “The government has not even consulted the relevant parties”, said Pakistan Software Houses Association (Pasha) president Jehan Ara, who is of the opinion that the draft law […]

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The dangers of the Electronic Crimes Act

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The alacrity with which parliament seems willing to trample on the fundamental rights of Pakistan’s citizens should be cause for considerable concern. In two moribund years, during which it failed to accomplish a single significant legislative achievement that could legitimately be said to have been in the greater interests of the people, parliament nonetheless found […]

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Panel takes up draft bill on cyber terror

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ISLAMABAD: As a parliamentary panel prepares to take up government proposed legislation on cyber terrorism on Thursday (today), IPPs, entrepreneurs and civil society called it an attempt to put a ‘gag’ on freedom of expression and to give the spy agencies unbridled powers. Headed by Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar, the son-in-law of Prime Minister Nawaz […]

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Govt finalises cyber bill to root out terrorism

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ISLAMABAD: In order to implement the National Action Plan to root out terrorism, the government has finalised cyber bill, proposing severe punishment and penalties for offenders, said Minister of State for Information Technology (IT) Anusha Rahman here on Tuesday. While talking to reporters on the occasion of a conference organised by Nokia, Anusha Rahman said […]

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SIM verification drive to cause loss of 20m subscriptions

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KARACHI: There is a strong likelihood that cellular mobile operators (CMOs) will lose close to 20 million subscriptions as a result of the ongoing drive for biometric re-verification of subscriber identity module (SIM) cards, which is ending on April 12. As part of its National Action Plan to counter terrorism, the government had directed CMOs […]

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Missing in action: Livestock department uses social media to bust its ghosts

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KARACHI: Sindh’s ghost problem has become chronic. Hardly a single department in the provincial government can deny the presence of these celestial spirits within its ranks. But amid this crisis, some departments have taken it upon themselves to chalk out a solution. The livestock and fisheries department has opted to use information technology to track […]

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No ban on banned outfits on social media

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ISLAMABAD – Despite government resolve to end terrorism from the country, banned Jehadi organisations are not only active on social media but using the web to project their agenda. Among the active websites and blogs, some are mouthpiece of global organisations while some promote local outfits (mostly banned). Umar Media is one of the sites, […]

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Facebook clarifies guidelines on acceptable posts

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WASHINGTON: Facebook on Monday updated its “community standards” guidelines, giving users more clarity on acceptable posts relating to nudity, violence, hate speech and other contentious topics. The world’s biggest social network said it does not allow a presence from groups advocating “terrorist activity, organised criminal activity or promoting hate.” The new guidelines say Facebook will […]

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Bill on the anvil to protect women from cyber crimes

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LAHORE: The provincial government has decided to add provisions on cyber harassment to the Violence Against Women Bill. The bill might be tabled in the provincial assembly as the Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Bill 2015 in two weeks. The draft was approved by the chief minister on Friday and has been sent to […]

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Radio Pakistan woes

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THE recent demand made by Radio Pakistan to levy radio tax on vehicles and mobile phones has started a media debate. Do we need to save Radio Pakistan? In the age of climate change, the neglect of cultures and languages by corporate media and the race for profits, and while keeping the communication and cultural […]

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