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. We assist both law enforcement and people (or organisations) accused of committing cyber crimes. We also help organisations to comply with the regulatory requirements that come out of cyber laws.
Actions you can take:
- Become aware of cybercrime law and how it practically impacts you (and your organisation) by attending a Cyber Crime and Security Law Workshop.
- Know how the law applies to you by asking for our legal opinion or interpretation of the law.
- Influence the legislative process and ensure that Parliament enacts good laws by asking us to make representations to Parliament on your behalf.
- Enable directors to fulfil their duties by getting us to brief your board on cyber security risks and the legal implications for your organisation.
- If you are an ECSP (or financial institution) or have critical information infrastructure, comply with the regulatory requirements by getting our assistance.
- If you have been accused of (or being prosecuted for allegedly) committing a cyber crime, defend yourself by asking our legal opinion on whether you have committed a cybercrime or not, and what your chances of being convicted are.
- If you are law enforcement, successfully prosecute criminals by getting our assistance.
- Know the latest developments by subscribing to the Michalsons newsletter.
- Ensure that your incident response is in line with cybercrime law by getting our advice and assistance.
- Train your employees on cybercrime law so that they know how to take action against criminals and don’t commit them by asking us to do online or face-to-face training.
- Ensure that your employees don’t commit cyber crimes by asking us to review and update your current IT policies to be in line with the latest cyber crime laws.
- Ensure you can admit records and evidence of cybercrime by asking for our advice on the law related to electronic evidence.
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.
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 (Cyber Bill) – 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