PNG Parliament Passes First Cyber Crime Law

New powers to investigate, prosecute electronic criminal activity

By Gorethy Kenneth

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, August 12, 2016) – Papua New Guinea’s first cybercrime law was unanimously passed by Parliament yesterday.

The new law lays the foundation for the investigation and prosecution of offences committed using electronic systems and devices.

The Cybercrime Code Bill was presented by Communication and Information Technology Minister Jimmy Miringotoro and passed 73-0 on the floor.

The new law provides specific tools and instruments to assist with the investigation of such offences and is to be applied in conjunction with the Criminal Code Act 1974 (Criminal Code) and other existing laws which afford investigatory tools and powers to law enforcement.

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