Thursday, October 4, 2007

Condemn Crackdown on Internet Users in Bangladesh

[An E-Bangladesh exclusive.]

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) members assisted by BTRC (Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission) officials are conducting house-to-house searches in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet pinpointing each and every internet user with a fast connection. In an unprecedented move that clearly violates privacy rights and threatens freedom of speech and communication, a special cell comprising RAB and BTRC officials are now collecting user details — name, address, login and usage statistics — from all the ISPs (Internet Service Provider) in order to profile more than 450,000 internet subscribers in the country.

Officials from different ISPs in Dhaka, Sylhet and Chittagong have confirmed to E-Bangladesh that they were verbally instructed late September by the authorities to:
  • Provide a list of all their subscribers with name, address and connection details.
  • Share the admin password of internet gateway servers.
  • Facilitate installation of “traffic scanners” provided by RAB on gateway routers.
Read the full report from E-Bangladesh.

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