Iran creates Internet crime unit



TEHRAN - The Iranian police have created a special unit to monitor Internet crime, particularly political offences, a senior police officer was quoted by the ILNA news agency as saying on Friday.
"A special committee has been created to monitor the Internet ... and it will act against attempted fraud, illegal advertising, insults and false statements," an officer identified only as General Omidi said.



Iran creates Internet crime unit
"The police will also intervene in political matters on the Internet if there is an illegal act.
General Omidi said the committe has 12 members and will operate under the direction of the prosecutor's office.
The Iranian authorities already monitor the Internet very closely, and have banned numrous sites linked to the political opposition or containing what is deemed as pornographic content.
It was not clear exactly what new or different surveillance would be done by the new committee.
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Image: Iranians surf the Internet in Tehran (AFP/File/Behrouz Mehri).

Saturday, November 14th 2009
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