Sierra Leone Parliament Passes Cybercrime Act
The Parliament of Sierra Leone passed The 2020 Cybercrime Bill into law.
This will be the first law in the country that is going to regulate cyberspace in the country.
This is a historic moment for Sierra Leone, as for the first time the country is having legislation purely to regulate cyberspace.
The Bill attracted bipartisan support in the well of Parliament as all concerns geared towards protecting people’s privacy were addressed.
The Honourable Minister of Information and Communications Mohamed Rahman Swarray who championed this digital legislation was so elated in achieving this great feat. The Honorable Minister extended his appreciation to all political parties, stakeholders, and officials of the Ministry of Information for their invaluable contributions towards the passage of the Bill.
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This is another milestone for President Bio’s administration in sanitizing cyberspace.
Sierra Leone will join other countries in the world that have enacted laws to regulate cyberspace in line with international conventions.
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The law prohibits specific types of cybercrime and punishes real-world (offline) crimes (e.g., fraud, forgery, organized crime, money laundering, and theft) perpetrated in cyberspace and have been made possible with the advent of the internet and internet-enabled digital technologies.