Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania are in the process of adopting harmonized cyber laws to enable the establishment of e-government and e-commerce programs, according to the East African Community, the intergovernmental organization representing these three countries with a population totaling 82 million people. The cyber laws will cover data security, network security, cyber crime, information systems and electronic transactions.
"Senior government officials responsible for drafting cyber laws have already finished their job," Ugandan State Minister for Information James Buturo told the IDG News Service recently. "What is remaining now is parliament approval and the formulation of harmonized cyber laws."
Supported by the United Nations and Canada, the East African Community is expected to follow the process already started by the South African Development Community. That region - including South Africa - began harmonizing its laws to prosecute cyber criminals operating across national boundaries. Similar cybercrime laws should be in place by the end of 2007.