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PNG Cybercrime Policy On The Way

According to Communication and Information Technology Minister Jimmy Miringtoro, the government is now setting up an inter-agency taskforce to work on developing the cybercrime policy, taking into account relevant legislations that exist, relating to the act of cybercrime and cybercrime offences.

The 19 legislations that will be reviewed include the Business Names Act of 1963, the National Intelligence Organisation Act of 1984, the Customs Act of 1951, the Criminal Code 1974, Lukautim Pikinini Act 2012, Neighbouring Rights Act 2000, National ICT Act 2009 and the Copyright Act of 2000.

This will also see the inclusion of the proposed Bill on film classification, publications and online services.

Mr Miringtoro highlighted the importance of combating cybercrime stating that cybercrime was everyone’s responsibility and was much more than just the enforcing of laws.

“It is a shared responsibility between individuals, the industry and the Government. “Regional and international collaboration helps improve the ability of our law enforcement agencies to work with overseas counterparts in responding to cybercrime.”

 “Worldwide, the reliance on technology will only continue to grow as the use of ICT increasingly becomes an integral part of our daily lives. And PNG is no exception,” he said. 

The Minister said that the endorsement of a cybercrime policy would ensure the internet online environment would be secure and safe for all Papua New Guineans.


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