Several Members of Parliament are rallying the protest against the e-Transaction Law that was voted yesterday by the Common Committees. Some of them have very advanced positions concerning the independent Electronic Signature and Services Authority (ESSA) who is positioned as the ultimate regulation and control body by the law.
The mighty ESSA have a long list of prerogatives ranging from the issuance of licenses for e-Signature certifiers to the management of the .lb domain. Requests in the parliament for the cancellation of the ESSA are becoming louder.
MP Ghassan Moukhaiber is asking to subordinate the committee to the Ministry of Justice. Other voices are requesting its affiliation to the Ministry of Economy and Trade or to the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).
Meetings between MP's and Private Sector representatives will take place in the coming hours to discuss next steps including press conference and awareness campaign.
I will try to translate portions of the law in my next post.