Report on digital surveillance from Pakistan

A report ‘Dangers of Digital Surveillance’ highlighting issues of digital surveillance on journalists and human rights defenders in Pakistan has been released by Bytes for All, Pakistan. This report states that digital surveillance is resulting in self-censorship in the country and recommends legislature to revisit anti-privacy sections in the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 and the Investigation for Fair Trial Act 2013 of Pakistan, which permit the state institutions to carry out arbitrary and disproportionate interception of communications by journalists and human rights defenders. The report also recommended promoting and facilitating the use of encrypted communications in order to ensure the safety and security of digital communications.