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May 18, 2021

Police to Enforce New Cybercrime Act

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The new cyber-crime act will be enforced by the police.

NICTA officials clarified this today following the passing of the bill yesterday.

It was also clarified today that amendments have been made to the NICTA act to allow police to enforce laws surrounding the improper use of ICT services.

This amendment follows confusion in the committal courts in recent months on the prosecution of offenders of the NICTA act section 266 which relates to the improper use of ICT services.

This law did not allow the police to prosecute offenders.

Amendments to the NICTA act removed this section and are now placed under the new cyber-crime act.

The enforcement of this law would require police to have a particular set of skills that the police is not equipped with at moment.

It is planned that there will be highly specialised training for the police and the judiciary on collating, and storing information using ICT devices.

NICTA CEO and Minister Miringtoro said training will begin soon with the police and the judiciary on the new law to ensure they are all on the same page when it comes to charging and prosecuting offenders.

The training and resources is expected to come from the International Communications Union.

Minister Miringtoro while thanking the people who worked to put this act together said he is proud to note that this is a home grown act, something that came with no cost to the government.

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