Kenya Computer and Cybercrimes Bill 2017 Now Gazetted

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The Kenya Gazette is an official publication of the government of the Republic of Kenya. It is used as a means of communication mainly by the state and its agencies informing Kenyans of what actions are being undertaken by different State agencies.

A notice published in the Gazette is deemed to be fully communicated to all Kenyans and ignorance of any such notice cannot be accepted as a defence in any case.

This week’s Gazette Vol. CXIX —No. 78, dated the 16th June, 2017 provides for a notice of the Computer and Cybercrimes bill which seeks to provide for offences relating to computer systems; to enable timely and effective collection of forensic material for use as evidence, and facilitate international co-operation in dealing with cybercrime matters; and for connected purposes. The Bill we had earlier informed you about here and here can be accessed here.

This officially means that the process of having a fully-fledged law dealing with Cybercrime in Kenya is on the way and we should expect the stand-alone law soon. (Probably with the next parliamentary house.)

The purpose of such publication is to notify the public and invite comments through the elected Members or direct submission of memoranda and petitions to the Parliament. The Kenyan Constitution expects any law making process to have engagement through public participation and we call on techies to give comments and suggestions which could improve this law.

We are reviewing the proposed 2017 bill and shall update Techweez Readers of any new developments and variations of the 2016 draft bill.