New Cybercrime Laws to Go Before Parliament by November
The Papua New Guinea (PNG) government will be introducing new laws in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector regulating the ownership and abuse of mobile phones and media ownerships, Post Courier (August 3) reports.
According to Communications Minister, Jimmy Miringtoro, the laws will go before parliament by November this year. He said the cybercrime legislation would soon be tabled in parliament and he expected SIM card registration would also be enacted soon.
The issue of mandatory SIM card registration was revealed in 2013 by the National Information and Communication Technology (NICTA) CEO, Charles Punaha, and was supposed to have been implemented in early 2014. However, due to legal issues, it had to be brought forward.
Also to be put forward to parliament is the media ownership bill. Miringoto said the bill would enable the government to acquire 30% – 40% shares in media companies and offload them to Papua New Guineans to buy.
The PNG government is tightening the laws in the ICT sector due to the rapid development of technology in the country and the minister said they were also looking closely at the international gateway ownership as “a lot of illicit things come through the international gateway.”