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GOVERNMENT: Cybercrimes Bill and rules around the messages you can send.

GOVERNMENT: Cybercrimes Bill and rules around the messages you can send.

The National Council of Provinces approved a bill at its sitting on Wednesday (1 July) most notably the Cybercrimes Bill.

Originally introduced in 2017, the Cybercrimes Bill focuses on criminalising the theft and interference of data and bringing South Africa’s cyber security laws in line with the rest of the world.

The objectives of the bill are among others to:

  • Create offences and impose penalties which have a bearing on cyber crime;
  • To criminalise the distribution of data messages which are harmful and;
  • To provide for interim protection orders;
  • To further regulate jurisdiction in cyber crime.
  • The bill further aims to regulate the powers to investigate cyber crimes;
  • to further regulate aspects relating to mutual assistance in respect of the investigation of cyber crimes and;
  • to provide for the establishment of a 24/7 point of contact.

“The bill also impose obligations on electronic communications service providers and financial institutions to assist in the investigation of cyber crimes. It also provides that the executive may enter into agreements with foreign states to promote cyber security.”

Some of the online messages which are covered under the bill include:

  • A message which incites damage to property or violence;
  • A message which threatens persons with damage to property or violence;
  • A message which unlawfully contains an intimate image.

 

Link to the Cybercrimes Bill

https://pmg.org.za/bill/684/

 

Source: BusinessTech

Photo Credit: Unsplash

 


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