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:
“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:
Link to the Cybercrimes Bill
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