A Commentary On The Computer Misuse (amendment) Bill, No. 16 Of 2022
Comment by Anthony C.K Kakooza
The Computer Misuse (Amendment) Bill, No. 16 of 2022 (the Bill), was tabled in Parliament for first reading by Honourable Mohammad Nsereko, as a Private Members’ Bill, in July 2022 to amend the Computer Misuse Act No. 2 of 2011 (the Principal Act). Its general objective is not only to create tougher penalties for the use of cyberspace by inserting new provisions on crimes in the principal Act, it also proposes stringent penalties for existent offences and those introduced by the Bill. In this commentary, each of the clauses in the Bill are set out to show that much as there is a need to curb abuse in cyberspace triggered by the rapid advancement in computer-generated technology, the proposed clauses in the Bill, risk throwing the baby out with the bath water.