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Morocco introduces new cybercrime laws

January 17, 2022 at 1:42 pm

A ‘Cyber Security’ sign is displayed in the window of a computer store on December 18, 2020 [OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images]

The Moroccan Minister of Justice, Abdellatif Wehbe, said the Ministry is working to introduce new legal requirements aimed at combating cyber crimes, especially those targeting women and children.

He explained that, in the context of ensuring compatibility with international standards, especially the Budapest Convention on cybercrime, the Ministry of Justice, as part of its comprehensive review of the Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Group, has included a set of important developments, especially related to the rules of research and investigation of cybercrime.

The Moroccan Minister stressed that the digital transformation has posed many challenges and threats mainly related to the risks arising from information crime and other aspects of compromising the digital security of citizens, especially in light of the significant increase in the number of online users.

Moroccan Al-Ousboue Assahafi newspaper said a law that criminalises and punishes all behaviours that affect automated data processing systems had been introduced.

In recent years, Morocco has witnessed many cases of blackmailing young men and women by people who take advantage of explicit pictures or videos to demand money.

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