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King: Internet not for crime


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King: Internet not for crime

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CASTRIES, St Lucia -St. Lucia has passed legislation outlawing the use of the internet and electronic data for criminal activities.
Prime Minister Stephenson King said the Proceeds of Crime Amendment Bill is aimed at providing law enforcement officials with the measures to seize and detain suspicious funds.
He said the new legislation updates previous amendments made last year in keeping with recommendations made by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF).
“Another amendment, this time to the Evidence Act, is intended to allow a witness to give evidence by electronic means, via live video link, rather than in the ‘in person requirement that had become the tradition set in the courts,” he said. 
The Prime Minister said the amendment was necessary to address the difficulties faced by young, disabled or vulnerable witnesses and also in instances where witnesses reside abroad, or could not present themselves in person to the court.
He said the existing laws did not allow a witness to give evidence through a video recording, and the new amendment would open the way to the prosecution of “numerous cases.” 
The Proceeds of Crime Amendment would empower a police officer not below the rank of Corporal, to seize or detain any cash in St. Lucia, if the officer has reasonable grounds to suspect that it directly represents the proceeds of criminal conduct or is intended for use in any criminal conduct.
Cash seized under this section should not be detained for more than 48 hours unless its continued detention is authorized by a magistrate. 
Parliament has also approved legislation intended to regulate the transmission of electronic communications and to protect the personal data of individuals.
King said that the control and use of information was crucial to the viability of organisations, private or state owned.
“With that power comes responsibility and it is the job of the law to curb the misuse of information and protect individuals and companies from the disclosure of confidential information be it accidental or deliberate,” he said.
The Prime Minister said the Data Protection Bill would ensure that data is not processed without the knowledge, and except certain cases, the consent of the person. 
“This legislation would only allow data to be used for the specific purpose for which it was collected: individuals would be made aware that personnel data was being collected. 
“Personal information could only be processed with the consent of the individual and use of the information could only be conducted in a manner that was safe secure and credible.
“Whether from the Attorney General’s Chambers to the office of the Prime Minister or trans border personal data; whether from St. Lucia to Rome or to Australia, or whether it is through a mobile phone we are speaking with one voice on this bill at the CARICOM (Caribbean Community) level,” King noted. 
CASTRIES, St Lucia, CMC -St. Lucia has passed legislation outlawing the use of the internet and electronic data for criminal activities.
Prime Minister Stephenson King said that the Proceeds of Crime Amendment Bill is aimed at providing law enforcement officials with the measures to seize and detain suspicious funds.
He said the new legislation updates previous amendments made last year in keeping with recommendations made by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF).
“Another amendment, this time to the Evidence Act, is intended to allow a witness to give evidence by electronic means, via live video link, rather than in the ‘in person requirement that had become the tradition set in the courts,” he said. 
The Prime Minister said the amendment was necessary to address the difficulties faced by young, disabled or vulnerable witnesses and also in instances where witnesses reside abroad, or could not present themselves in person to the court.
He said the existing laws did not allow a witness to give evidence through a video recording, and the new amendment would open the way to the prosecution of “numerous cases.” 
The Proceeds of Crime Amendment would empower a police officer not below the rank of Corporal, to seize or detain any cash in St. Lucia, if the officer has reasonable grounds to suspect that it directly represents the proceeds of criminal conduct or is intended for use in any criminal conduct.
Cash seized under this section should not be detained for more than 48 hours unless its continued detention is authorized by a magistrate. 
Parliament has also approved legislation intended to regulate the transmission of electronic communications and to protect the personal data of individuals.
King said that the control and use of information was crucial to the viability of organisations, private or state owned.
“With that power comes responsibility and it is the job of the law to curb the misuse of information and protect individuals and companies from the disclosure of confidential information be it accidental or deliberate,” he said.
The Prime Minister said the Data Protection Bill would ensure that data is not processed without the knowledge, and except certain cases, the consent of the person. 
“This legislation would only allow data to be used for the specific purpose for which it was collected: individuals would be made aware that personnel data was being collected. 
“Personal information could only be processed with the consent of the individual and use of the information could only be conducted in a manner that was safe secure and credible.
“Whether from the Attorney General’s Chambers to the office of the Prime Minister or trans border personal data; whether from St. Lucia to Rome or to Australia, or whether it is through a mobile phone we are speaking with one voice on this bill at the CARICOM (Caribbean Community) level,” King noted. (CMC)

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