NICTA WARNING: Penalties for Improper Use of ICT Services
The National Information & Communications Technology Authority (NICTA) is warning the public that abuse or improper use if ICT services are punishable under current laws and abusers face the possibility of fines up to K20, 000 or a 3 month jail term under the National Information & Communications Technology (NICT) Act 2009.
In a public reminder authorized by reappointed CEO Charles Punaha, the communications authority warned:
“users of internet-based ICT services such as emails, blogs, forums and social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others, that improper use of these services in Papua New Guinea is regulated and offenders can be punished under Section 266 of NICT Act 2009.”
According to Section 226: Improper use of ICT Service, a person who, by means of an ICT service:
- Sends any content or communication that the person knows if offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character, or;
- For the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another person –
- Sends any content or communication, that he/she knows to be false, or;
- Persistently makes use of that ICT service with that intended purpose, is guilty of an offense.
The penalty – a fine not exceeding K20, 000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three (3) months or both.
NICTA is urging internet users to be more responsible and refrain from abusing or misusing the service for unlawful intentions.