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A Bill seeking criminal sanctions for the misuse of computer systems or data was tabled in the Senate on December 5, by Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Senator the Hon. Dorothy Lightbourne, Q.C.
The Bill is entitled: ‘An Act to Provide criminal sanctions for the misuse of computer systems or data and the abuse of electronic means of completing transactions and to facilitate the investigation and prosecution of cybercrimes’.
Offences which legislation is being enacted to address include: intentional unauthorised access to computer data; access to computer programmes or data with intent to commit any offence; intentional unauthorised modification of a computer programme or data; unauthorised interception of computer function or service; willful unauthorised obstruction of the operation of a computer or denial of access to a computer programme or data; and unlawfully making available, devices or data for the commission of any of the above offences.
Cited as the Cybercrimes Act, 2009, the Bill also makes consequential amendments to the Interception of Communications Act; the Mutual Assistance (Criminal Matters) Act; and the Proceeds of Crime Act.