Egypt's new digital forensic lab aims to combat software and Internet based intellectual property piracy

Egypt has launched a new digital forensics lab aimed at combating software and Internet-based intellectual property transgressions in the country. The lab said to be the first of its kind in the northern Afrikan region, has been commissioned by Egypt's Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA).

The new digital forensics lab forms part of the Egyptian government's efforts to combat, among others, software piracy.

“Over the last couple of years, ITIDA’s IPR office has undertaken comprehensive actions to increase IP enforcement with all the stakeholders like the economic courts; i.e., judges and prosecutors, police officers, and copyright owners”, said Dr. Mohamed Hegazy, Egypt’s Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Office Manager.

The main purpose of the lab, as re-stated by Dr. Hegazy, would be to look into and resolve business software piracy cases as well as Internet-based piracy cases. This will be done thanks to the digital forensics' lab equipment that is able to securely recover data from digital devices. Added to secure data recovery, the digital forensics lab is said to be able to deploy technology and techniques that are able to discover new intellectual property fraud techniques.

Among those who will benefit from Egypt's new digital forensics lab are the country's lawyers, prosecutors, and judges as they will now be able to distinguish pirated software from licensed software so that they can adequately resolve intellectual property cases.

“We are committed to sustaining our success in combating IP infringement and expanding IP rights. The launch of this lab enables us to achieve our targets. Only in 2017, we have delivered technical expertise reports of 96 cases to the economic courts, registered 203 computer software programs and issued 267 licenses for the first time,” said Hegazy.

The new digital forensics lab is only one of many other measures that Egypt's policymakers are taking towards combatting digital piracy. During March 2018 Egypt's Communications and Information Technology Committee last week discussed several draft laws proposed to combat cyber crimes. These include laws covering the protection of personal data, detailing such things as how e-commerce companies should adopt systems that will reveal the source and destination of all customer communications including the sender, route, time, date, volume, duration and the type of service in operation.

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