Iran to monitor cyberspace to fight offenses
press tv
19-Jul-2009 (3 comments)

Iran will put into effect a recently passed law which aims at reducing cybercrimes and providing surfers with more security in cyberspace. The law, which has been ratified by the Parliament (Majlis) and approved by the Guardian Council as well, stipulates punishments for specified illegal activities in cyberspace.

Under an article of the law pertinent to 'secret information' and 'invasion of privacy', for instance, an individual will be subject to punishment in the form of a fine or imprisonment if they release other individuals' private information without their approval in a smearing act.

According to article XXIV of the legislation, Internet Service Providers (ISP) are required to store all the data sent or received by each of their clients. ISPs may delete the data no sooner than 3 months after the expiry of each client's contract. However, article XXXVI and XXXVII forbid surveillance of private data unless a court order has been issued or in cases threatening national security.

To speed up the implementation of the law, a committee has been set up and tasked with defining the exact instances of cyberspace offenses to be dealt with. In defense of the law, Prosecutor General Qorban-Ali Dorri-Najafabadi said on Sunday that the law aims to protect the rights of the people and prevent violation of their privacy in cyberspace. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has issued an order on the implementation of... >>>

rosie is roxy is roshan

Don't worry, you're safe with us

by rosie is roxy is roshan on

Well that's the whole item folks but it bears re-reading several times to capture all its richness and splendour.

Press TV, just a bunch of wild and craaaazy guys...slugging it out with the censors...,


rosie is roxy is roshan

Well, that's pretty clear. What always fascinates me

by rosie is roxy is roshan on

is the hatchet jobs that go on with the editing of these pieces and trying to figure out what the article looked like at first, how many revisions it had, how many heads rolled, and who had the final approval and things like that..I could read these things a million times and never get bored.

My two favorite parts are "or in cases threatening national security" which means: anything...


"In defense of the law, Prosecutor General so and so said...

The whole part before that which was everything you just said about the criticisms of the law was ex-d out. But somehow someone managed to keep in "in defense of the law" just so you'd know it used to be there..

things like that...


Whenever Qorban-Ali Dorri-Najafabadi says something like...

by Ostaad on

"the law aims to protect the rights
of the people and prevent violation of their privacy in cyberspace.", I start worrying a lot. I don't think protecting the rights of the people nor preventing violations of "their privacy" in the cyberspace or any other space is at the top of Mr. Dorri-Najafabadi's concerns

These laws are designed to enhance the regime's capabilities for data mining digging deeper into people's lives. 

Another clause which criminalizes divulging "private information" without the owner's consent is merely to protect the ruling junta against those insiders who may be tempted to "tell all".

Could John Yoo have hand any hand in drafting this legislation? Help is available in the US in this regard. Ask Bush/Cheney.