President Kenyatta signs Computer misuse and Cyber-crime Bill

President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday signed into law the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Bill 2018 that criminalizes abuse of persons on social media, removing the legal lacuna that existed.The Act provides for offences relating to computer systems such as unauthorized access, unauthorized disclosure of passwords, cyber espionage, publication of false information and child pornography, among others.

The Act – which spells out stiff punishment to cybercriminals –provides for timely and effective detection, prohibition, prevention, response, investigation and prosecution of computer and cybercrimes. 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 Cybercrimes Coordination Committee and facilitates international co-operation in dealing with computer and cybercrime matters.

President Kenyatta also assented to the Public Trustee (Amendment) Bill, 2018. The Bill amends various provisions of the Public Trustee Act, bringing it into conformity with the Constitution. The Bills were presented to the President for signing by National Assembly Speaker, Justin Muturi.