ECOWAS Ministers adopt Cyber Crime text

Jeremy Phillips

The Standard Times Press News reports that Regional Ministers responsible for Telecommunications and ICT (‘information and communication technology’) met on 16 October 2008 in Praia, the capital of Cape Verde, and adopted two important legal texts on cyber crime and personal data protection in ECOWAS Member States (ECOWAS is the Economic Community of West African States).The Supplementary Act on Cyber Crime within ECOWAS seeks to bridge the legal gap relating to cyber crime repression through the adoption of new offences specific to the use of ICT as well as adapt traditional offences to ICT offences, sanctions and the punishment regime in force in Member States to the new technological environment.

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