"The previous version of this bill, which was introduced in 2015, had clauses from the Secrecy Bill inserted into the Cyber Bill with harsher penalties. After public comment, those sections from the Secrecy Bill were removed in the current version of the Cyber Bill," explains Michalsons Legal Practice's Lisa Emma-Iwuoha.Although the idea of this Bill is good, there are so many negative effects that it could have on the everyday person. Essentially, your day-to-day online habits could provide you with the 'cyber criminal' label. The aim of the Cybercrimes Bill is to ensure that every internet user is safe as well as reduce cybercrime and cyber bullying.
According to the Right2Know's Murray Hunter, "The problem is the Bill tries mainly to protect your privacy from online criminals. But it doesn’t do enough to protect your privacy from the government itself. We do need to be aware of laws, like the Cybercrimes Bill and the RICA law, which are meant to protect our privacy and really don’t!" Get the lowest deals on mobile phones here!
"Because it is drafted very broadly, there is a possibility that there would be unintended effects as a result. This is a big issue and could affect anyone, especially if they are not aware that they are committing a cybercrime in terms of the Bill," adds Emma-Iwuoha.
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