Comment Sought on Cybercrimes Bill

Select Committee on Security and Justice

The national council of provinces (NCOP) has called for comment on the Cybercrimes Bill.

The national assembly passed the bill and sent it to the NCOP for concurrence in November 2018.

The Cybercrimes Bill aims to:

•    create offences which have a bearing on cybercrime;
•    criminalise the distribution of data messages which are harmful and to provide for interim protection orders;
•    further regulate jurisdiction in respect of cybercrimes;
•    further regulate the powers to investigate cybercrimes;
•    further regulate aspects relating to mutual assistance in respect of the investigation of cybercrime;
•    provide for the establishment of a designated Point of Contact;
•    further provide for the proof of certain facts by affidavit;
•    impose obligations to report cybercrimes;
•    provide for capacity building;
•    provide that the Executive may enter into agreements with foreign States to promote measures aimed at the detection, prevention, mitigation and investigation of cybercrimes;
•    delete and amend provisions of certain laws; and
•    provide for matters connected therewith.

The bill was originally tabled as the Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill in 2017.

During its deliberations, the portfolio committee on justice and correctional services decided to only focus on cybercrimes issues, hence the change of the bill’s name to Cybercrimes Bill.

The select committee on security and justice seeks comment on the bill until 8 March 2019.

Sabinet Cape Town Office

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