The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) published a document online titled “Harmonization of ICT Policies, Legislation, and Regulatory Procedures in the Caribbean (HIPCAR) – Cybercrimes/e-Crimes: Assessment Report”. Here’s a quick summary just for you.
This document aims to enhance the competitiveness and socio-economic development in the Caribbean. This is done by harmonizing ICT policies, legislation, and regulatory procedures.
This would act as a guide for individuals to be aware of beneficiary countries of HIPCAR and their Acts and legislation on cybercrime. It will also highlight measures that some countries have not taken towards these issues also. The Computer Misuse Bill is observed by every country and analyzed.
For the nation of Antigua and Barbuda, the Act covers things such as:
- A provision addressing illegal interference of systems and data.
- The criminalization of certain illegal devices.
- Provisions on identity theft
- Provisions criminalizing certain acts related to child pornography.
However, elements such as provisions on computer-related forgery and to criminalize the interception of non-public transmissions are missing. Luckily, these documents also provide recommendations to fix this and suggested frameworks.
Contributed by: Chanthea Quinland from Antigua and Barbuda. Chanthea, is a member of the WISC Discord group from the G5 Cyber Security Foundation Ltd. Learn more about WISC (Women in InfoSec Caribbean) at wiscaribbean.org. WISC is a non-profit initiative supporting Caribbean women and girls to develop a career in Information Security.