Cybercrime law includes laws related to computer crime, internet crime, information crimes, communications crimes and technology crimes. While the internet and the digital economy represent a significant opportunity, it is also an enabler for criminal activity. Cybercrime law is laws that create the offences and penalties for cybercrimes. Cybercrime describes both:
- crimes directed at computers, data or information communications technologies (ICTs), and
- crimes committed by people using computers or ICT.
Cybercrime is a global problem, which requires a coordinated international response.
International cybercrime conventions
- African Union Convention on Cyberspace Security and Personal Data Protection
- Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime (also known as the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime)
- CW Model Law – Model Law on Computer and Computer-related Crime
- SADC Model Law – SADC Model Law on Computer Crime and Cybercrime
- HIPCAR – Harmonization of ICT Policies, Legislation and Regulatory Procedures in the Caribbeans (Cybercrime/e-Crimes)
- ITU – International Telecommunications Union Cybercrime Legislation Resources – ITU Toolkit for Cybercrime Legislation
Some specific cybercrime law
- Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill (CaC) – South Africa (South Africa signed the Budapest Convention in 2001)
- Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) – United States of America (this Bill has recently been passed by the US Senate)
- EU Network and Information Security Directive
- Criminal Code Act 1995 Australia
- Cybercrime Act 2001 Australia
- Chapter 08:06 (Cybercrime and Computer- related Crimes) Botswana
- Computer Misuse Act, 2007 Brunei Darussalam
- Criminal Code of Canada Canada
- Cybersecurity Law China
- Criminal Code France
- Computer Crimes Act Malaysia
- Crimes Act,1961 New Zealand
- Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 – Philippines
- Act on Computer Crimes Thailand
- Cybercrimes Act, 2015 Tanzania
- UK – Computer Misuse Act, 2013
- United States Code USA
How we can help you
- Make you aware of cybercrime law by attending a public Cyber Crime and Security Law Workshop.
- Brief your board on cyber security risks and the legal implications for your organisation.
- Advise you on what the Cyber Bill means for you by consulting with you or doing a private workshop.
- Keep you informed by subscribing to the Michalsons newsletter.
- Help you with Incident Response.
- Train your employees on cybercrime law.
- Update your current policies to be inline with the latest laws.
- Ensure you can admit records and evidence of cybercrime.
If you are interested, please complete the form on the right or enquire now. We will contact you to find out more about your requirements and give you a quote.