Wednesday, December 02, 2015

R2K rejects the Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill

Mbasa Gqokoma
02 December 2015

In a statement issued, Right to Know says it reject the draft Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill, gazetted for public comment by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.

R2K Media Freedom and Diversity Organiser, Micah Reddy says, while they accept the need to combat genuine cybercrimes and protect national security, this Bill is so broad and open to abuse that it threatens the fundamental democratic spirit of the internet.

“One of the major problems that ends up replicating manageable work aspects is the notorious secrecy bill”, said Micah Reddy.

He said that “So it would for example implement very harsh penalties for which we would know as investigative journalist and others acting in the public interest by say leaking classified data or being in a possession of classified data”.

“It give the security services unravel power to classify and also to survey the internet”, he added.



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