Government sets up taskforce to develop legislation against cyber-crime
The Government of Papua New Guinea (GoPNG) has set up a task force to develop legislation against cyber-crime and K1.3 million has been appropriated to conduct public awareness, The National reports.
The inter-agency task force will develop the appropriate policy and review more than 19 legislation dating back as far as 1951 to 2012.
The legislation to be reviewed include the Customs Act (1951), Business Names Act (1963), the Criminal Code Act (1974), National Intelligence Act (1984), Copyright and Neighboring Rights Act (2000), National ICT Act (2009), the Lukautim Pikinini Act (201) and the Censorship Act (1986).
According to ICT Minister, Jimmy Miringtoro, the availability and increased use of digital technology in the country has opened up the possibilities for criminals to exploit these technologies for crimes like sexual exploitation, fraud, money laundering and identity theft among the list.
The Minister said the government has proposed actions in a new policy aimed at combating cyber-crime which would include strengthening the copyright law, adequate training for relevant authorities and allowing electronic evidence to be permissible in court.
Miringtoro also said combating cyber-crime is a shared responsibility between individuals, industry and the government.
“Regional and international collaboration helps improve the ability of our law enforcement agencies to work with overseas counterparts in responding to cyber-crime.”