South Africa Lays Down the Law on Cybercrime

CSIR researchers brief the media on the impact of cybercrimes and misinformation during the COVID19 pandemic. (Photo: GovernmentZA / GCIS)

A new cybercrime crime will support South Africa’s efforts to fight internet-based offenses. The law, which defines cybercrime as “acts such as: the unlawful access to a computer or device…the illegal interception of data; the unlawful acquisition, possession, receipt or use of a password; and forgery, fraud and extortion online.” The legislation also provides for international cooperation in investigations and prosecutions, highlighting South Africa’s commitment to balance security and freedom of speech.

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Security Topics:  Combating Organized Crime   Disinformation