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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed the Computer Misuse (Amendment) Act, 2022, which criminalizes unauthorized access to data and prohibits sharing data relating to legal minors without authorization from parents or guardians. The law also prohibits sending or sharing false, malicious and unsolicited information.

The announcement was made on Thursday, October 14, 2022, by the Presidential Press Unit (PPU). According to the PPU, the president signed four bills into law: the Physical Planners’ Registration Act, the Kampala Capital City (Amendment) Act, the Mining and Minerals Act, and the Computer Misuse (Amendment) Bill.

One legislator introduced the Computer Misuse Amendment Bill 2022 to Uganda’s Parliament and passed it on July 19, 2022.

The Uganda Computer Misuse Act was enacted earlier in 2011 to enhance safety and security in the digital arena by preventing unlawful access, abuse or misuse of information systems including computers and securing the conduct of electronic transactions.