ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Federal Cabinet on Wednesday accorded approval in principle to the E-Safety Bill 2023 and Personal Data Protection Bill 2023.
In its meeting held with Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif in the Chair in Islamabad, the Cabinet approved the E-Safety Bill 2023 aimed at to protect user data and prevent illegal and illegal use of information systems.
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Under the E-Safety Bill, a framework will be evolved under a certain law to ensure protection and unauthorized use of user data on all types of online services, online shopping, data provided to various companies and social networking websites in Pakistan.
Now after approval of the bill, heinous crimes like online harassment, cyber bullying and blackmailing will be effectively prevented.
Separately, the Federal Cabinet also accorded approval in principle to the Personal Data Protection Bill 2023.
Under the bill, the government will ensure the security of the user’s personal information or data by the various organizations and companies and prohibit the giving of the user’s information or data to any company, individual or government organization without their permission.
Moreover, a National Commission for Personal Data Protection (NCPDP) will be established under a certain law which will work like Civil Court, to protect private information or data of consumers and redressal of grievances.
The approval was accorded to both the bills on the recommendation of the Ministry of Information Technology.