Vienna: Saqr Ghobash, President of the Federal National Council (FNC), said today that the UAE was among the first countries in the Middle East to draft a law to combat cybercrime in 2006, noting that several changes have since been brought into law in light of the rapid international development of computer systems. Ghobash made the observation while attending as the keynote speaker on the second day of the Fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament in Vienna.
Ghobash spoke at the fourth round table which was held today as part of a series of round tables, attended by over 100 parliamentary speakers, under the theme âParliamentary openness and transparency and accessibility against security: how to achieve balance â.
The UAE was also keen to ensure that the amendments did not violate constitutional and legal principles guaranteeing rights and freedoms, he added, noting that a related report by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) had classified the United Arab Emirates ranked fifth in the world in terms of cybersecurity in 2020.
âI would like to thank the organizers of this important roundtable for inviting me to be the keynote speaker, to discuss one of the most important and influential issues affecting the work of parliaments, which is related to the achieving a balance between the transparency of parliamentary information, openness to citizens and the management of security risks, be it the tangible security of buildings or parliamentary services or cybercrime â, he concluded.