Issuing the anti-cybercrime law

On 18 August 2018, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi ratified the anti-information technology crimes law (known in the media as the anti-cybercrime law). The law gives the investigations authorities the powers to block websites “if there were evidence that any website, administrated from inside or outside Egypt, publishes statements, numbers, photos, movies, or any propaganda material that are criminalized by this law and that represent a threat to national security or endanger the security or economy of the country”. The law commits service providers to “store the data log register for 180 continuous days”. Among the data that should be preserved: “data that show the identity of the service user, data pertaining to the content the data log register, data pertaining to tracking the path of communication”. On 27 August, the prime minister issued the executive regulations of the law.