Thursday , December 14 2017

MoI debunks alleged social media surveillance law

KUWAIT, Dec 5 (KUNA) — The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has denied the veracity of reports disseminated on social media claiming that a new surveillance law dealing with these websites has been in effect.

“The news is absolutely baseless and untrue,” a statement issued by the ministry on Monday noted, adding that “there hasn’t been any new communication law enacted”, as these reports allege.

Moreover, the statement noted that the MoI is committed to its security obligations without encroaching on personal privacies.

The statement also underscored that a new information technology law, which has been implemented since January 12, has dictated the different penalties that violators will face, noting that the law does not authorize the ministry to intrude on peoples’ privacies.

It also added that social media users are free to utilize the platform as they see fit, and will face legal action in case of any infractions of state laws.

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