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Ministry holds consultations on draft tech crime law with US experts

Tom Starkey and Seav Kouy Y / Khmer Times Share:
Interior Ministry secretary of state Bun Honn leads the online consultation on the draft cybercrime law. Ministry

The Ministry of Interior on Monday held an online consultation with representatives from the US Embassy and US technology companies regarding Cambodia’s draft cybercrime law.

Secretary of state of the Ministry of Interior Bun Honn, who is in charge of the Council of Jurists, thanked the respective representatives for attending the meeting.

He said this was the latest round of consultations on the draft law which was originally proposed in 2016.

“This draft law is constantly under consultation and we welcome the input from experts to continue to improve on it,” he said.

“Cambodian technological capacity is currently limited, therefore we are holding consultations on the draft law to increase our understanding and capacity to tackle issues before they arise regarding cybercrime,” Mr Honn said. “With this law, Cambodia will be prepared to tackle any form of cybercrime and ensure that the use of technology in the Kingdom is safe.”

He added that getting the opinion and perspective of international experts was crucial to ensure the law both met international standards as well as spurred the development of the technology sector in Cambodia.

US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Nebill, who facilitated the meeting with the US companies’ representatives, said the draft law on information technology crime is very important.

“This draft law will maintain a balance, ensuring that technology in Cambodia is not violated,” he said. “Also, by implementing this law that will adhere to international standards, Cambodia will attract companies and investment within its technology sector.”

Mr Nebill thanked the ministry for providing the opportunity for the US Embassy and the companies to attend the consultation meeting.

He also said the United States will continue to be ready to provide technical assistance resources for the drafting of this law.

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