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Tuesday, July 21, 2009
For YOUR protection

Iran's state-run Press TV reports that President Ahmadinejad has issued an order to implement a new law to give the government more control over the Internet. Sure, that sounds bad, but they have your best interests at heart.

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. 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.

See? The clerics and the president are only thinking of your protection when they invade your privacy. This legislation only serves to prevent you from being ripped of by unscrupulous porn operations who might steal your credit card information when you decide to order a 6-hour DVD of hot full-burqa-on-burqa action.

Iranians are smart, though. I don't think there's anything this government can come up with that savvy techies there won't find a path around.

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