The UN specialized agency on information communication and technology (ICT) said Thursday that it is providing technical support to Kenya to assist the country to develop cybercrime laws.

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Regional Office for Africa Programme Officer Ida Jallow told Xinhua in Nairobi that the Cybercrime and Data Protection bills are currently before parliament for debate.

“Once in force, the laws will help to fight the growing menace of cybercrime that could erode the gains that Kenya has made in the ICT sector,” Jallow said during the development of the Kenya National Child Online Protection Strategy.

The UN body has already assisted Tanzania to develop cybercrime and electronic transaction laws.

Jallow said that Kenya needs a cybercrime laws due to the increased application of ICT in all sectors of society.

ITU is currently training the judiciary in ICT legislations as most court officers are not familiar with emerging cybercrimes including online child protection laws.

Jallow said that cybercrime laws are critical due to the transnational nature of the menance, where perpetrators are normally in different countries from the victims.

“The laws normally contain provisions to encourage cooperation amongst countries,” she added.
Sammy Itemere, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of ICT, said that online safety for children remains a critical concern for the Kenyan government.

“As much as we all acknowledge that the invention of computers and the Internet platforms are some of the most revolutionary innovations in human history that have transformed human society, the development has created an avenue where our children are likely to get exposed to some inappropriate content,” he said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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