Cybercrime law includes laws related to computer crime, cyber 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 CaC 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.
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