A legal framework for crimes committed on the internet will be promoted by the ministry of justice starting with the identification of blog providers, it was announced on Tuesday. Briefing the parliamentary Special Permanent Committee on Institutions and Transparency, Justice Minister Miltiadis Papaioannou warned that “the internet will cease to be the host ‘hood-wearing’ individuals”.
“Electronic crime should be combated without undermining the freedom of speech and opinion,” the justice minister stressed and told MPs that a law preparatory committee will be set up immediately chaired by Council of State vice-president Athanassios Rantos. The committee will focus on the identification of blog providers and internet service users and on expanding the list of crimes for the investigation of which disclosure of confidential communication is allowed.
The committee proposals should be presented by the end of September.