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Volume: 3 Issue: 5
(May 2017)

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Amendments to Singapore’s Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act

The Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act (‘CMCA’) is one of the most often amended pieces of legislation in Singapore. That should come as no surprise as the area of cyber security and computer misuse is rapidly evolving. Since its introduction in 1993, the CMCA has been amended no less than six times, which includes being renamed from the original Computer Misuse Act. It is in the same vein that the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity (Amendment) Act 2017 was introduced in Parliament in March 2017 and passed in April. The evolution of the sophistication of hacking operations as well as the increasingly transnational nature of cyber crime has resulted in the necessity for this new round of amendments. In addition, Singapore has also indicated that it will seek to beef up its cyber security legislation, probably by enacting general cyber security legislation separate from the CMCA. Bryan Tan, Partner at Pinsent Masons, provides details on this round of amendments to the CMCA, which focus largely on the cyber crime and computer misuse elements.

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