Alagi Yorro Jallow

President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed into law the Computer Misuse and Cyber Crimes Bill 2018 that criminalizes ABUSE of persons on social media, removing the legal lacuna that existed.

The new law spells out stiff punishment to cyber criminals –provides for timely and effective detection, prohibition, prevention, response, investigation and prosecution of computer and cyber-crimes.

This includes search and seizure of stored computer data, record of and access to seized data, production order for data, expedited preservation, partial disclosure, real-time collection and interception of data.

The Act establishes the National Computer and Cyber Crimes Coordination Committee and facilitates international cooperation in dealing with computer and cyber crime matters.

It deals with offences relating to computer systems including but not limited to unauthorized access, unauthorized interference, unauthorized interception, unauthorized disclosure of passwords, cyber espionage, false publications, child pornography, cyber terrorism and wrongful distribution of obscene or intimate images.

The Act also deals with computer forgery, computer fraud, cyber harassment, publication of false information, cybersquatting, identity theft and impersonation, phishing, interception of electronic messages or money transfers, willful misdirection of electronic messages and fraudulent use of electronic data among other cyber-crimes.

The cyber-crime bill signed by president shrinks the democratic space for Kenya. It is meant prevent cartels from being exposed. Mr. President should concentrate on how he is going to tame corruption in the country, not this side shows. Social media will remain the best place to access credible information since main stream media in Kenya is a letdown. They have been pocketed by the cartels inside and outside the government. Let the law be repealed!