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Bangladesh rolls out Digital Security Bill 2018

Bangladesh rolls out Digital Security Bill 2018: Details, Features, Objective

Bangladesh’s President Abdul Hamid has recently in October 2018, given his assent controversial Digital Security Bill, 2018, by enacting it as a law.

This new bill's law combines previous colonial-era Official Secrets Act with tough new provisions such as arrests without a warrant.

Bangladesh Government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (Bangladesh Awami League) has defended the digital law as necessary to combat cyber crime

Digital Security Bill 2018 was passed by Bangladesh’s Parliament to deal with cybercrimes, including hurting religious sentiment, spreading negative propaganda against the 1971 Liberation War and Bangabandhu (Sheikh Mujibur Rahman). It also covers illegal activities in e-transactions and spreading defamatory data under its ambit

Under Digital Security Bill 2018, it provides for a minimum of 7 years and a maximum of 14 years’ imprisonment, as well as monetary fines of a minimum of Taka 25 lakh and a maximum of Taka 1 crore, or both for illegal access and destruction of any important information related to state affairs.


Capital: Dhaka

Largest City: Dhaka

Currency: Bangladeshi Taka (BDT)

Official Language: Bengali

President: Abdul Hamid

Prime Minister: Sheikh Hasina


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