Egypt court upholds fine against company over harassing advertisement texts

Ahram Online , Thursday 26 Dec 2019

A Cairo economic court of appeals has upheld a lower court decision to fine a local insect extermination company EGP 900,000 (approx $56,000) for illegally sending harassing mobile messages to citizens.

The case was filed by the National Telecom Regulatory Authority (NTRA) in a bid to "face annoying advertisement text messages sent to citizens and combat crimes of unlawful communication," according to state news agency MENA.

The flurry of messages sent from local insect extermination companies to many Egyptians over the past few years has been the source of a number of memes on social media expressing people's frustration over the matter.

The new court decision was issued earlier this month but only announced on Wednesday. The decision is the first implementation of a new law to counter information technology crimes that was passed last year, according to the NTRA.

Under the law, anyone "violating the sanctity of private life or intensively sending electronic messages to a specific person without their consent" faced imprisonment for at least six months and a fine of EGP 50,000 to EGP 100,000 (approx. $3,000 to $6,000).

The NTRA said on Wednesday that a number of court rulings are expected later this month in a number of cases it had filed against insecticide companies.

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