Uhuru Signs Cyber crime Bill
President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Bill,2018. The bill stipulates stiff punishments to cyber criminals and also lays out strategies to detention and immediate response by the police to anyone flouting the same.
The cyber crimes as laid out by the bill includes but not limited to sharing fake news and hate speech which will lead to a fine of 5 million or a two year jail term, sharing pornographic content rakes up a fine of 300,000 and a possible jail term of three years; anyone found sharing child pornography will face a jail term for a period of 25 years and whooping fine of 20 million.
Crimes in relation to computer systems including unauthorized access (hacking), interference, interception and disclosure of password will be charged under cyber terrorism and will possibly face 20 years jail term with a fine of 5 million. Cyber crimes after hacking will cost one a massive fine of 10 million with possible jail term of 10 years.
The Act also deals with forgery, cyber harassment, cyber squatting, identity theft and impersonification, phishing and willful misdirection of electronic messages and fraudulent use of electronic data commonly referred to as (bundles). The bill takes effect from May 17, 2018.
By Francis Musakali