Government is moving swiftly to stamp out the practice of irresponsible circulating of leaked videos, especially those of an unsavory nature. This is being done by the strengthening of the Computer Misuse and Cybercrime (Amendment) Act.

Among other things the amending of the legislation will stem the circulating of certain ill-gotten photos and videos especially via social media. The decision to move forward with the amending of the Bill was made at the meeting of Cabinet on 30 May.

At that Cabinet meeting, it was stated that members of Government reviewed the amendments and decided that the Premier Office should instruct the Attorney General Chambers to amalgamate the additional amendments into one comprehensive document for further approval.

The decision to amend the Computer Misuse and Cybercrime (Amendment) Act was recently mentioned by Premier and Minister for Finance Hon. Andrew Fahie during his guest appearance on the Honestly Speaking with Claude Skelton-Cline show.

At that time the Premier said: “We are looking at cybercrime legislation, how to tighten that.”

In explaining the reasons for the amending of the Act Hon. Fahie noted that he is concerned about videos featuring young persons in less than flattering acts being shared especially on whatsapp. “We heard the Minister for education stated clearly about the number of videos going around with fights and all sorts of other sexual misconduct by our young people,” Hon. Fahie pointed out.

Therefore, the Premier noted that the amendment is being influenced by the need to safeguard against the negative effect such videos can have on young persons in the future. “Some of the videos that are going around are ones which are staged, but all of them do the same thing – they don’t paint our young people in a good light. We’ve been condemning them [offending young persons]but that won’t be right because all of us did some kind of mischief when were younger, it’s just that we didn’t have a cellphone taping it and sending it all over the world that it would remain there forever.”

“What we want to do now is to prevent this omen from being there, and put in legislation that would start to deter and discourage persons from sharing those kinds of videos with our young people. So that people would become more accountable for their actions and know to leave certain things alone, also to beef it [Computer Misuse & Cybercrime Act] up so that certain crimes that are being committed cybercrime-wise can be detected much faster,” Hon. Fahie stated.