I started this petition to Ask Sierra Leone Parliament to VOTE NO to the Cybercrimes Bill of 2020. If you haven't signed yet, please sign! And if you have, please share with all your friends or tag them in the comments. http://chng.it/4nCWshxy.
This bill has no regard for the privacy of Sierra Leoneans. It does not specify the fines for the specific crimes. The Judges and the Minister will decide the fines. The bill does not reference any ICT standards, policies, or guidelines that must be followed by the police to obtain warrants, maintain the integrity of electronics evidence collected, or judges to issue warrants. Everything is left wide open for the police, judges, and minister to decide. This should never be the case in a country like Sierra Leone, where everything is politics. We need to see the specifics in the bill. No government, politician, judge, or police should be authorized to violate human rights or restrict the freedom of speech of its citizens.
Computer Security or security in cyberspace is not as simple as catching the bad guy. It's about preventing the bad guy from breaking into your system and stealing or changing your valuable data. If the bad guy manages to break into your computer system and steal or change something, you are out of luck. The damage is already caused. You want to prevent that at all costs. That's why companies and governments create standards, guidelines, and policies to ensure their people are trained on computer security, and contractors are required to follow the standards, guidelines, policies, and strict principles. That's why governments and companies put tools and processes in place to monitor and log every computer activity that will change the system or data. The logs help them identify who break into the system, how they got into the system when they got into the system, and what they stole or changed in the system. After this, we can use the cybercrime bill to investigate and punish cybercriminals. Governments and companies do not spend all of their budgets to punish cybercriminals. They spend the budget on preventing the criminal from breaking into their systems.