Cybercrimes Act to be repealed

Cybercrimes Act to be repealed

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Cybercrimes Act, 2010, is to be repealed and replaced with a new Act, which incorporates amendments recommended by a joint select committee of Parliament in 2013.

New offences include: computer-related fraud or forgery; use of computers for malicious communication; and unauthorised disclosure of investigations (tipping off).

Provisions for forfeiture of computer material used in the commission of an offence is also included.

The Committee recommended that following on summary conviction before the Resident Magistrates’ Court: In the case of a first offence, there should be a fine not exceeding J$4 million or imprisonment for a term not exceeding four years, or both.

The penalty in the Act currently is a fine not exceeding J$2 million or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or to both.

The Committee also recommended that in the case of a conviction on indictment before the Circuit Court, a fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years, or to both such fine and imprisonment. In the current Act, the term of imprisonment does not exceed five years.

The Bill was tabled yesterday by Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Phillip Paulwell. The joint select committee was chaired by minister of state in the ministry, Julian Robinson. 

Balford Henry

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