THE Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Bill of 2021 has now become law following President Edgar Lungu’s assenting the document.
President Lungu signed the Bill into law on Tuesday, 23rd March, 2021 and expressed hope that the law will bring sanity in the way the internet is used in Zambia.
“This is purely to protect citizens from abuse by people who feel they can do or say whatever they want using the veil of cyberspace. This law is aimed at protecting all Zambians, including those who are against it,” President Lungu said.
The President said the Bill was brought to his office and he scruitinised it before he assented to it.
“I could not have signed it if I was not convinced it is for the good of all Zambians. I have read through and it is perfect,” he noted.
The objective of the Bill seeks to ensure the provision of cyber security in the Republic, provide for the protection of persons against cybercrime, child online protection and facilitate identification, declaration and protection of critical information infrastructure.
The Bill further provides for the collection of and preservation of evidence of computer and network related crime, revise the admission in criminal matters of electronic evidence and provide for registration of cyber security services providers amongst others.
The Bill is now earmarked for printing at Government Printers.