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Egypt's President Sisi ratifies new internet control law
Egypt officially passed a new measure on Saturday that will tighten the government's control over the internet, as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi signed the bill into law on Saturday, CNN reports. The Anti-Cyber and Information Technology Crimes law is broad in its scope, containing 45 articles covering topics including requirements around retention of user data, the authority of the state to shut down websites on national security grounds, and online speech restrictions for citizens. Violators of the law "can face fines of over $10,000 and up to two years in prison," CNN reports Egyptian state media as saying. EFF has previously called the law "draconian" for enabling the government to "target and persecute just about anyone who uses digital technology." https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/07/draconian-new-cybercrime-bills-vietnam-and-egypt-will-only-increase-censorship

- Egypt's parliament also passed a law last month targeting social media use, granting the government the power to block social media accounts and hold journalists accountable for "publishing fake news" (Reuters). That law is pending and awaits Sisi's signature. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-politics/egypt-targets-social-media-with-new-law-idUSKBN1K722C
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