The government of Tanzania is currently preparing three cybersecurity bills hoped to be passed into law by April next year, allowing for cybercriminals to be hunted within and outside the country.
The bills are set to prohibit, detect and deal with cybercrime, and Patrick Makungu, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology, said the advancement in ICT has brought the necessity to come up with strict laws that will deal with these offences, Daily News reports.
“As we know the issue of cybersecurity has no boundaries, it is the responsibility of all of us to work together towards enhancement of our systems and protecting information so as to ensure adequate security around cyber infrastructure and contents,” he said.
The three bills will be Data Protection, Computer Crime and Cybercrime, and Electronic Transactions.
“In doing this, Tanzania will be in line with organs such as the East Africa Community, Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU), which requires member countries to have harmonised cyber legislation,” Makungu said.