Uganda: Parliament Passes Computer Misuse Bill

On August 4, 2010, the 332-member unicameral Ugandan Parliament passed the Computer Misuse Bill (No. 23 of 2008), which, among other things, seeks to ensure the security of and prevent unlawful access to computers and information systems.

The bill will be sent to the President for his assent before it can be enacted. The bill criminalizes “computer misuse,” which includes unlawfully  accessing computers and network systems, corrupting data, disrupting  networks or systems, introducing viruses, creating and forwarding  defamatory material, and copyright infringement. For instance,  intentionally accessing or intercepting any data without proper  authorization is an offense punishable on conviction by a fine of up to  UGX240,000 (about US$109) and/or a maximum of six months’ imprisonment.

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