Wheatley Raises Red Flag Around New Cybercrimes Act
Opposition Spokesman on Science, ICT & Digital Society Development, Dr. Andrew Wheatley is raising red flags as it relates to the new Cybercrimes bill tabled in Parliament recently. Dr. Wheatley is expressing concern regarding the language contained in certain provisions of the proposed legislation, how said provisions stand to be interpreted, and the effect the bill in its current form may have on the local information technology sector.
Dr. Wheatley said: “Our initial review of the Cybercrimes Act gives rise to questions pertaining to how some of the proposed provisions will affect the most basic methods by which people use technology. The Opposition is also concerned about implications the bill will have for ICT service providers as it relates to how they will be able to provide services to their clients.”
Dr. Wheatley continued: “While we acknowledge the importance of the Cybercrimes legislation, it is also important to strike the right balance between the need for enforcement of the law and a citizen’s right regarding the use of technology. As one who has the interests of the ICT sector at heart, I fear the if left unchecked, some of the sections included in the proposed bill could adversely affect the way in which people use technology and it could also have a negative impact on the growth of the local ICT sector”
Dr. Wheatley went on to question whether the requisite analysis was done to determine the overall impact the new legislation would have on its primary stakeholders, as it appears as though much of the feedback received in the meetings of the Joint Select Committee of Parliament have not been taken onboard.
Dr. Wheatley closed by stating that: “When the Bill comes up for debate in Parliament, the Opposition will be resolute in its defence off the rights of the Jamaican people, while at the same time ensure adherence to international standards and best practices.”