Sehnaoui and Gemayel speak at LEBTECH 2018 in Dbayeh. (Photo courtesy of Lebanese IT Syndicate)
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A new law covering digital transactions and personal data does not sufficiently protect internet privacy in Lebanon, experts say, and the politicians who fought for it agree.While the law contains provisions legalizing secure online transaction methods and defining cybercrime, it's the law's sections on personal data privacy that have come under greatest scrutiny.When asked why the law seemed to contradict itself, Najem said it was a result of the law's age.Gemayel and Sehnaoui both agreed that the exceptions were too broad and that the law is outdated.Both, however, insisted that having the law for now was better than having no law at all, with Gemayel characterizing it as "incomplete, but not negative" and Sehnaoui saying it was "100 percent an improvement" on the past.
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