Parliament ratifies Convention on Cyber Crime

Parliament has ratified the Convention on Cybercrime which was laid before Parliament on 20th March, 2019.

The bill is aimed at ensuring a coordination response to cybercrime issues at the regional and international levels.

Known as the Budapest Convention, Ghana is the third African country to sign on to the law since it was adopted.

The main objective of the Budapest Convention is to pursue a common criminal policy aimed at the protection of society against cybercrime, especially by adopting appropriate legislation and fostering international co-operation.

The law after ratification is expected to guide the country on developing strategies to deal with cyber-attacks.

As part of the convention, Ghana will set up a Cyber Security academy as well as a National Cyber Security Authority to oversee the operations of all agencies in the digital value chain.

The Minister in charge of Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, in an interview with Rainbow Radio’s parliamentary correspondent, Afia Kwarteng after the ratification said, the law passed will help to scale up our efforts to protect our critical national information infrastructure.

The law she noted would also help address existing gaps in our Cybercrime and cybersecurity legislation.

The minister indicated that the convention will also strengthen the security service to secure relevant evidence, from crimes committed using computer systems, networks, and platforms from other jurisdiction for the prosecution of cybercrime offenders in the country.

The Member for Parliament for Buem constituency, Daniel Kwasi Ashiamah, said the convention has come at a good time and underscored the need for the ministry, to provide the various institutions responsible for enforcement the needed logistics to make their work much easier.

He encouraged government to boost investor confidence by providing an enabling environment to make businesses thrive.

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