Legal Alert | Kenya | New Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Bill Signed into Law

President Uhuru Kenyatta recently signed into law the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act, 2018 (the Act), which comes into effect on 30 May 2018.

The Act creates the National Computer and Cybercrimes Coordination Committee that will be responsible for advising and coordinating with the Government on security related aspects touching on computer and cybercrimes including advice on block-chain technology, as well as developing codes of cyber security practice and standards that could have a far-reaching impact on owners and operators of assets that are critical to health, safety and economic welfare of Kenyan citizens as well as the effective functioning of Government.

The Act further introduces several offences which will attract hefty fines and long jail terms, and creates liability for principal officers of a corporate body convicted of an offence under the Act. It also contains provisions on evidence gathering, investigations and searches as well as provisions aimed at facilitating international co-operation in dealing with cross-border cybercrime.

Click here to read a more comprehensive overview of the key highlights of the 2018 Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act.

Should you have any queries or need any clarifications with respect to the above, please do not hesitate to contact Aisha Abdallah or Wangui Kaniaru.

Aisha Abdallah
Wangui Kaniaru

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