He was speaking at a roundtable titled “Legal Review: Proposed Digital Security Bill and Citizens’ Rights”, organized by the Committee for the Protection of Fundamental Rights that held on 1st October 2016.
He stated in the context of rapid changes in technology, there are many good reasons to put in place a law to ensure cyber security and to prevent abuse of privacy and online threats to security and individual reputation. We also need to be aware that digital communications have played a huge role in pushing forward our development and growth. So, we need the law to maintain a balance between twin objectives, of ensuring cyber security on the one hand, and enabling digital communication for development, democracy and growth on the other. However, some controversial sections of the proposed bill are threatening the prospects of evidence-based development.