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Experts say the draft bill, which still awaits parliamentary discussions, has points of strength like securing citizens’ consent before using their data, but the measures for its application raise concern.
In November, US Department of Commerce blacklisted two Israeli surveillance companies, NSO Group and Candiru, which have reportedly supplied spyware to the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Bahrain.
"The timing of promulgation, with presidential elections just around the corner, has left many people wondering about the purpose behind such a move."
A policy banning VoIP services will present a direct threat to Syrians’ rights to privacy and freedom of expression.
In Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, Network Shutdowns Leave Civilians Unreachable — And Unable to Call for Help
Without telecommunication networks, residents of the North Sinai "cannot report injuries and they have limited access to emergency services.”
Since August 2014, residents of the Leabnese northeastern border town of Arsal have been without access to mobile internet.