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Cybercrimes expert to assist Jamaica review laws

Published:Friday | January 25, 2013 | 12:00 AM

An international expert in cybercrime and cyber security law has been engaged to provide technical assistance to Jamaica as the country reviews the existing cybercrime law to identify gaps.

State minister for science, technology, energy and mining, Julian Robinson, told a parliamentary committee set up to review the law that the consultant has already started his work.

Robinson, who chairs the joint select committee which has a mandate to examine the cybercrime legislation, said yesterday that Professor Marco Gercke has been engaged by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to provide technical assistance.

The ITU was approached by Jamaica last year to assist the country in strengthening its cybercrime law.

"He has started his work. He is doing the first phase of that work by reviewing the existing legislation to determine the gaps that exist.

"He is going to be conducting a benchmarking study to examine cybercrimes legislation from around the world to determine what we need to do to ensure that our legislation is in keeping with the global standards," Robinson said.

Criminal sanctions

The Cybercrime Act, which was introduced in 2010, provides for criminal sanctions for the misuse of computer systems or data.

Meanwhile, the joint select committee reviewing the cybercrime law will shortly be inviting members of the public to make submissions to plug gaps in the current statute.

The committee is expected to get a report from the cybercrimes expert in February.