Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs has announced amendments to the Republic’s cybersecurity laws, i.e. the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act (CMCA), after a series of high-profile cyberattacks in recent years.
The Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Amendment Bill (the Bill), which will be discussed when Parliament sits on 3 April 2017, introduces four key changes to the CMCA:
- Making it an offence to obtain, retain or supply personal information obtained through cybercrime
- Making it an offence to obtain items which can be used to commit cybercrimes
- Targeting cybercrimes committed overseas, against overseas computers, which create a significant risk of serious harm in Singapore
- Allowing amalgamation of cybercrime charges
In this briefing, we outline the key aspects of the amendments to the cybersecurity laws and discuss the implications for businesses in Singapore.