Skilled officers needed to enforce cybercrime act

Training and upskilling of police personnel is important to enforce the National Cybercrime Act.

The Act was passed by Parliament this year after consultation work by the National Information and Communication Technology Authority (NICTA) to stop social media abuse.

“NICTA does not have the powers to investigate and prosecute any criminal offences, however NICTA will assist law enforcement agencies in general and providing technical advices to enable a successful investigation and prosecution of cybercrimes,” said Kila Gulo-Vui, Director Economic and International Affairs.

“Our law agencies must be empowered in terms of skills and ability to follow through in any such actions.

“We are taking active steps in making sure we have a proper and a solid regulatory framework to address this global problem by introducing best practices.”

Meanwhile, NICTA CEO, Charles Punaha, clarified that: “Currently, NICTA does not have any specific powers to order any internet service providers to block off a website; the intention of the legislation is that because the offences are criminal in nature, the responsibility has to be given to the Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.

“NICTA will assist in events where an aggrieved person or victim of an allegation makes a formal complaint with Police for investigation, prosecution and taking the matter up to the Court.

“And then it is up to the Court to decide to impose the penalties.”

Charles Yapumi