Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill for South Africa published for comment


The draft of the Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill has been published.

Currently there is very little legislation dealing with cybercrime in South Africa. The Bill aims to address the situation by implementing measures to combat cybercrime. The Bill creates offences and imposes penalties for certain cybercrime offences. The Bill further regulates the jurisdiction of the courts and well as the powers to investigate cybercrimes and the aspects surrounding evidence pertaining to cybercrimes.

Aspects of international cooperation in respect of the investigation of cybercrime is regulated and the Bill provides for the establishment of various structures to deal with cybersecurity.

A document published by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development discussing the Bill in further detail can be downloaded here.

Interested parties are invited to submit written comments to the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development on or before 30 November 2015.

Submissions can also be emailed to: cybercrimesbill@justice.gov.za or faxed to: +27 12 406 4632.

For more information, please contact Naomi Bruwer.

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