Cybersecurity Front And Centre: Communications And Multimedia Act Amendments Aim To Tackle Cybercrimes

The proposed amendments will include increasing the responsibility of service providers as well.
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The Communications and Digital Ministry (KKD) plans to present the proposed amendments to the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 in Parliament early next year, according to its Deputy Minister, Teo Nie Ching.

She stated that agencies under the ministry have been reviewing the law through engagements with relevant stakeholders, according to Bernama.

Teo emphasised the need for a law review to ensure that the current provisions are adequate to address various offenses, particularly cybercrimes, and mentioned that if the bill cannot be tabled in Parliament this year, it will be done in the following year.

Teo also pointed out instances where Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been misused, such as in scams, where scammers can use AI to impersonate individuals convincingly, both in voice and appearance, to deceive family members and close friends.

She added that the proposed amendments will involve expanding the responsibilities of service providers.

Teo’s comments came in response to Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Razarudin Husain’s call for a review of Malaysia’s current laws on cybercrimes to encompass aspects related to cheating via computer software and devices.

Razarudin expressed concerns about the expected increase in cybercrimes in line with rapid technological advancements, particularly the utilisation of AI.

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