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São Tomé and Príncipe: Government publishes cybercrime law

DataGuidance confirmed, on 17 October 2017, with João Luís Traça, Partner at Miranda & Associados, that Law 15/2017 of 6 October 2017 on cybercrime ('the Law') was published. The Law sets out what would be considered under international best practice as the normal regime on the unlawful activities related with the use of IT and telecom networks, such as unlawful access, unlawful interception and sabotage.

Luís Traça commented, "In general, the Law is quite comprehensive. It is also worth noting is the fact that this Law draws the attention to the need to comply with and respect Law No. 03/2016 on the protection of personal data. From an international perspective, the most important provisions of the Law are related to the fact that it sets a comprehensive regime allowing for the international cooperation with other states/authorities, subject to protocols or agreements to be executed with other countries. This is very important as the previous legal regime did not."

This Law will come into force in 6 November 2017.