Addis Ababa―The House of People’s Representative (HPR) approved the Computer Crime Proclamation formulated to regulate the security threat and the vulnerability of cyber crimes.

The Proclamation was prepared to incorporate new legal mechanisms and procedures in order to prevent, control, investigate and prosecute computer crimes and facilitate the collection of electronic evidences.

Information and communication technology plays a vital role in the economic, social and political development of the country, it was noted.

Unless appropriate protection and security measures are taken, the utilization of information communication technology is vulnerable to various computer crimes and other security threats that can impede the overall development of the country and endanger individual rights, it was indicated.

Hence, Ethiopia’s laws are not adequately tuned with the technological changes and are not sufficient to prevent, control, investigate and prosecute the suspects of computer crimes, the proclamation was prepared.

The Computer Crime Proclamation helps prevent and control criminal act from home and abroad on institutions such as banks and airlines as well as on infrastructures, computers and networks.

Without violating citizens’ rights, the proclamation protects the rights of individual and institutions, said Gebregziabher Araya, Law, Justice and Administration Affairs Standing Committee with the House of People’s Representatives.

The Proclamation stated exhaustively computer crimes such as illegal computer interception, interference with computer system, causing damage to computer data, computer related fraud, access to computer without authorization, and electronic identity theft.

It also incorporated restrictions on illegal content data and obscene crimes against minors by transmitting, distributing, making available or possessing picture, video, or image through computer.

Source: Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC)
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