A revised draft of the Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill was tabled in Parliament in February 2017. See our previous post on the major changes to the original draft published for public comment in August 2015.

At the beginning of July 2017, the portfolio committee on justice and correctional services called for public comments on the revised draft. The original deadline of 28 July 2017 has been extended to 10 August 2017. The statement and details for submissions are available here.

When submitting written comments, you can indicate a preference to make a verbal presentation. Public hearings will be held in Parliament in due course.

The Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill will impact all industries, although there are specific obligations imposed on financial institutions and electronic communications service providers to report certain offences. If you commented on the previous draft, you may be interested in the substantial changes in the current draft and wish to comment on these. If you haven’t yet considered the Bill, now is your chance to think about its impact and submit comments.