SA cybercrimes bill could infringe on Internet privacy

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File: Cybercriminals are continuously improving their scams, targeting vulnerable consumers via the internet and mobile phones. Specialists say people need to becareful what they type and what they click on.

File: Cybercriminals are continuously improving their scams, targeting vulnerable consumers via the internet and mobile phones. Specialists say people need to becareful what they type and what they click on.

PHOTO_CYBERCRIME_KEYBOARD_111015

File: Cybercriminals are continuously improving their scams, targeting vulnerable consumers via the internet and mobile phones. Specialists say people need to becareful what they type and what they click on.

File: Cybercriminals are continuously improving their scams, targeting vulnerable consumers via the internet and mobile phones. Specialists say people need to becareful what they type and what they click on.

JOHANNESBURG – Media activists are calling on the public to scrutinise the newly proposed Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill as public comments on the draft close this week.

The draft law has been criticised for possibly infringing on civil rights by policing online activity.

Critics believe Internet privacy will be a thing of the past if the bill is passed in its current form.

However, the government says the legislation is vital to assist in fighting crimes such as human trafficking and even terrorism.

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko said: “Cybercrime has become quite an issue… And therefore it is important for us as government to put measures in place to deal cybercrime.”

See attached draft bill

Cybercrimes Bill 2015