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The National Cybersecurity Advisor, Dr. Albert Antwi Boasiako has disclosed that the Ministry of Communication has presented a draft Cybersecurity Bill to Cabinet for approval and onward submission to parliament.

The new draft bill according to him, has provisions that holistically address child online protection issues and when passed, will cater sufficiently for the investigation and effective prosecution of all cybercrime/cybersecurity cases including COP related cases.

Dr. Boasiako who made this known in Accra during the official inauguration of the Model Child Protection Digital Forensics Laboratory, indicated that the government of Ghana has taken bold steps of strengthening the legislative regime in place for Child Online Protection (COP).

He said the Ministry of Communications through the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and various key stakeholders including the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, UNICEF-Ghana, Ministry of Education and Ghana Education Service has revised the existing National COP Framework to incorporate the newly launched 2020 International Telecommunication Union 9ITU) COP Guidelines, and trust that this will help produce a comprehensive trends pertaining to children and young people’s activities online.

The establishment of the Child Protection Digital Forensic Laboratory is part of the Ghana Police Service and UNICEF’s child friendly policing initiative which began in 2014.

The new digital forensic laboratory which is the first of its kind in the country and also within the West and Central Africa Sub-Region is expected to enable the police to detect and investigate the cases of trafficking and kidnapping where digital devices have been used and particularly cause the removal of child sexual abuse image from online sites.

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