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Egypt sets law penalizing disclosing telecommunications customer data

The Personal Data Protection Law No. 151 of 2020 sets deterrent penalties to address the disclosure of customer secrets or data, whether by employees of telecommunications companies or citizens.

Article (73) of the law stipulates that a penalty of imprisonment for a period of no less than three months and a fine of no less than LE5,000 and no more than LE50,000, or either of these two penalties, shall be applied on anyone who, while performing their job in telecommunications or because of it, does one of the following acts:

1- Broadcasting, publishing or recording the content of a communications message or part thereof without a legal permit.

2- Hiding, altering, or obstructing any or part of a communications message they have received.

3- Deliberately refraining from sending a communication message after being assigned to send it.

4- Unlawfully divulging any information about users of communication networks or about communications they make or receive.

Article (75) states that whoever divulges, publishes, or broadcasts any information obtained by virtue of their position about an establishment working in the field of telecommunications, leading to the establishment of unfair competition between establishments operating in communications field, shall be punished with imprisonment and a fine of not less than LE20,000 and not exceeding LE100,000, or either of these two penalties.

Without prejudice to the right to appropriate compensation, Article (75) punishes with imprisonment and a fine of not less than LE5,000 and not exceeding LE20,000, or either of these two penalties, each of the following:

1- Whoever uses or assists in the use of illegal means of communications.

2- Whoever intentionally disturbs or harasses others by misusing telecommunications equipment.

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