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    Cybercrime Bill a step closer to being enacted

    July 3, 2020


    A Bill criminalising the distribution of harmful messages and which imposes an obligation to report cybercrimes, could soon become law.

    The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) passed the Cybercrimes Bill during a virtual sitting on Wednesday.

    According to the Select Committee on Security and Justice, the Bill aims to create offences that have a bearing on cybercrime.

    It proposed to criminalise the distribution of harmful data messages, provide for interim protection orders against offenders, regulate jurisdiction in respect of cybercrimes and regulate the powers to investigate cybercrimes.

    It also makes provision for mutual assistance in respect of the investigation of cybercrime.

    Committee chairperson Shahidabibi Shaikh said the Bill provides for the establishment of a designated point of contact.

    It also provides for the proof of certain facts by sworn affidavits and imposes obligations to report cybercrimes.

    The Bill provides for capacity building and allows government to enter into agreements with foreign states to promote measures aimed at preventing cybercrime.

    Such agreements would also enhance the mitigation and investigation of cybercrimes.

    *Full article appears on Crime News 24

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