CCTV camera mandatory for cyber cafe

Cyber cafes across the country have to be installed CCTV cameras as part of cautionary measures to thwart any kind of subversive activities in social media.

Posts and Telecommunications Division has taken the decision after having a meeting with the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC).

"Installation of CCTV cameras at all cyber cafes across the country has been made mandatory for precautionary security measures," State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim told media yesterday after attending a prize-distribution ceremony at General Post Office (GPO) yesterday morning.

She said the BTRC has been asked to direct all the cyber cafes to install CCTV cameras within a specific timeframe.

"If any cyber cafe is failed to install the CCTV camera, all the equipments will be seized along with cancellation of license," the state minister added.

About taking the initiative, Tarana Halim said, vested quarters have been become unsuccessful to make the country unstable through carrying out various subversive activities. "Now, they are intending to run new agenda to instigate people using social media, but we don't allow it," she added.

Terming the move as the time befitting for the present situation, the state minister said, "The CCTV camera would help the law enforcing agencies to keep vigil to thwart any sabotage intending to perpetrate using cyber cafes."

"At least we should know that who are going to cyber cafe for what type of necessity," she added.

Tarana hoped the initiative would help to establish accountability of owner so, no objectionable content is released in social media using cyber cafe.

Now, 250 cyber cafes are running operation legally while another 200 are without license.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)