Government steps up its attack on ‘revenge porn’

Government has opened another front in combatting “revenge porn” through the Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill‚ which will be tabled in parliament shortly.

Revenge porn is when a person who was intimate with another person publishes images of an explicit nature without the consent of the person concerned.

Deputy Minister of Justice John Jeffery told the parliamentary press corps on Thursday that the bill‚ which covers more than 100 pages‚ would deal with all manner of cybercrime‚ including the use of communication technology for criminal behaviour‚ breaking of confidentiality‚ unlawful access to data‚ interception of protected data‚ malware-related offences‚ interference with data and password offences.

The bill criminalises cyber-related offences by categorising them into the existing offences of fraud‚ forgery‚ uttering and extortion.

The bill inserts a new section in the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Bill of 2007 to criminalise the harmful disclosure of pornography‚ widely known as revenge porn.

“The proposed amendment aims to criminalise the disclosure of pornography‚ threats to disclose pornography and disclosure or threats to disclose pornography for the purposes of obtaining any advantage from a person‚” said Jeffery.

 

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