Nepal govt preparing stricter law to curb cyber crime

Kathmandu, January 17

The government of Nepal is preparing a new cyber law in a bid to control potential misuse of social media.

The new law will have stricter provisions for punishment in relation to cases of crimes committed through social media.

The law will also apply to online news portals. If anyone is found to have disseminated fake news on the internet, they will also be booked.

Depending on the nature of offence, the offenders can be fined upto Rs 1 million and jailed upto 15 years.

The new law will replace existing Electronic Transactions Act and National Information Technology Development Committee Formation Order.

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has finalised the Bill on Information Technology. The Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs has also endorsed the bill and it has been tabled at the Cabinet recently.

After the Cabinet’s approval, the bill will be forwarded to Parliament.

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