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The ESCWA Template for Cyber Legislation is a tool which helps ESCWA Member Countries with the formulation of new cyber laws and/or the evaluation of their existent national cyber laws.

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Published: 23 December 2014

Capacity Building Workshop on Promoting a Safer Cyberspace in the Arab Region, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, 8-9 December 2014

This workshop was jointly organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA), the ITU Regional Cybersecurity Center (ITU-RCC) and the Information Technology Authority in Oman, from 8 to 9 December 2014 in Muscat. Legal and procedural measures to combat cybercrime and improve cyber-safety in the Arab region were explored during this workshop.


   Cyber Legislation  

Technological development is an important economic issue for the ESCWA region. Countries with economies that are diversifying from their reliance on commodities, as well as developing countries, must pursue that issue proactively. Such issues as e-commerce and the development of a knowledge-based society depend heavily on technological enablers in order to develop properly.

To that end, there is a strong need for an appropriate legal foundation, generally referred to as cyber legislation. By definition, cyberspace is a virtual world that is wide and varied, one that encompasses such broad topics as personal data, electronic transactions, intellectual property and other related issues. That digital world, created by computers and communications tools, needs to be organized. This study reviews the status of those local and international laws within the ESCWA region. In addition, specific examples of legislative principles help to illustrate the benefits and challenges of enacting more comprehensive cyber legislation. Such information can enable policymakers and legal professionals to determine legislative priorities for their jurisdictions.

The study was created after an exhaustive review of cyber legislation at the international, regional and national levels. It analyses the following topics: (a) protection of individual and personal data; (b) protection of privacy and freedom of information in the electronic communications sector; (c) copyrights, neighbouring rights and industrial property rights within the information society; (d) electronic transactions; (e) e-commerce; and (f) cyber crimes.

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