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Suggestion to use remote forensic software in fighting cybercrime dismissed

Published:Wednesday | June 5, 2013 | 12:10 PM

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

The Legal Reform Department of the Ministry of Justice, has dismissed a suggestion made by United States processor, Dr Marco Gercke, for the introduction of provisions allowing the use of remote forensic software by investigators in combating cybercrime.

Gercke, director of the Cybercrime Research Institute — an independent global think tank dealing with legal aspects of cybercrime — had made the suggestion during his contribution before a joint select committee which is reviewing the amendments to the 2010 Cybercrimes Act.

However, in its report on submissions and recommendations to the committee, the Legal Reform Department said the recommendation refers to the use of software that is clandestinely inserted on computers for the purpose of gathering evidence.

The department argued that the suggestion raises issues of constitutionality and privacy as well as concerns relating to the interception of communications and surveillance.


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