The cabinet on Monday approved the draft of amendment to the Information and Communication Technology law increasing the highest punishment for offences covered by the law to 14 years.
Once Information and Communication Technology (Amendment) Act- 2013 is passed, a person accused of violation of the law would be arrested without any warrant and the offences will be considered non-bailable, M Musharraf Hussain Bhuiyan, cabinet secretary, told this to reporters after a regular weekly cabinet meeting.
“The objective of the law is to protect and control the misuse of information technologies,” the cabinet secretary said after the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Secretariat
Offences like hacking and wiping of data have also been brought under the law, he added.
Under the existing law, an offender can be given 10 years in maximum punishment.
The cabinet also approved the draft of the Multi-level Marketing Activities (control) Act-2013 aiming to protect people from being cheated by multi-level marketing companies.
The law aims at bringing such companies under a legal framework.
If any MLM company operates without a licence, it will be awarded 10-year imprisonment with a penalty of Tk 5 lakh, Bhuiyan added.