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A renowned media specialist in Jordan has sounded an alarm about the forthcoming cybercrime law, just before its implementation. This warning comes in light of findings that suggest the law closely resembles the UAE’s cybercrime legislation, according to insights shared by Yahya Shuqair, a legislative researcher and authority.
During a radio dialogue on Husna FM with Hosam Al-Gharaibeh, Shuqair did not directly reference the UAE. However, in the midst of their exchange, Al-Gharaibeh hinted, suggesting the nation in question was indeed the “Emirates.”
Shuqair expanded on potential issues, highlighting that the legislation might lead to intellectual property dilemmas if relevant principles were applied. Drawing on this, the Jordanian government could face financial penalties owed to the country from which the legal doctrines might have been adopted.
Shuqair, while acknowledging the ramifications, strongly maintained that the legislation closely mirrors its original and doesn’t genuinely resonate with the societal prerequisites of Jordan. He pinpointed the incongruence of introducing such stringent regulations, paired with significant penalties, when the nation doesn’t share comparable infrastructure or societal conditions, especially when juxtaposed with the UAE.
Impending Cybercrime Legislation Stirs Controversy and Ambiguity
The impending cybercrime law, now on the cusp of being official, has stirred significant public discourse. Shuqair’s comments come as the legal piece nears its final stage of approval, catalyzing a wave of uncertainty and rigorous debate, chiefly among professionals trying to predict its potential effects.
Post its recent disclosure in the Official Gazette, the law is on a countdown, with approximately 25 days before it becomes a staple in legal courts.
Initially, state representatives provided assurances that the law’s primary aim would be to tackle nefarious activities on online platforms. Yet, its exact mode of operation, once activated, remains a subject of widespread speculation.
With its introduction imminent, several facets of the law, like its enforcement methods, potential future modifications, and broader implications, remain in question. Given the anticipated deluge of legal grievances that might originate from this law, several policymakers and officials have expressed their reservations about its looming impact on both the judiciary and broader security frameworks.