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Cyber security laws discussed in Swaziland

MISA-Swaziland Alert
8 July 2013

Swaziland’s ministry of information, communication and technology is working on cyber security legislation.

The ministry hosted a conference on July 3 2013, titled: “Transposition of SADC Cybersecurity Model Laws into National Laws for Swaziland, 2013.”

Ministry of ICT principal secretary Sikelela Dlamini opened the conference, saying that cyber crime laws are needed in Swaziland to prevent computer hacking, to stop Internet predators and to clamp down on online pornography.

Conference participants, led by members from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), discussed the need to pass local legislation based on SADC model laws.

Minister of ICT Winnie Magagula said every effort must be made to pass cyber sectary laws quickly. She said it would be unacceptable to wait ten years to pass such laws, alluding to the delay in passing other communications-related legislation in Swaziland.

The ITU members presented information on electronic transactions, commerce law and data protection.

“The SADC Model Law on Electronic Transactions and E-commerce provides a tool that Member States can use to create a more secure legal environment for electronic transactions and e-commerce,” according to the model law document on electronic transactions.

The model law on data protection says “the establishment of a protection regime for personal data will only be effective with the creation of a Protection Authority in order to foster compliance with the law and protection of privacy in general”.

The third model law that was discussed concerned “computer crime an cybercrime”. The objective of such legislation, according to the model law document, is “the criminalization and investigation of computer and network related crime”.

Swaziland’s ministry of justice and constitutional affairs was also in attendance at the conference, which was held at the Swazi Spa Convention Centre.

For comments or queries, please contact:
Vuyisile Hlatshwayo
MISA-Swaziland National Director
Email: misa.nd@realnet.co.sz

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