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Mobile-surfingBefore you consider sending an abusive short text message (SMS) or e-mail, you may want to think twice concerning your move because it could earn you some jail time.

The warning Came from Uganda’s National Information Technology Authority (NITA). It notes that when the sim card registration exercise ends this month, acts of misuse of computers will be punishable because the Electronic Signatures and Transactions Act and the Computer Misuse and Abuse Act regard mobile phones as computers.

“Phones are regarded as computers and their misuse is criminal.”  – NITA

Therefore abusive SMS, stalking people and sending threatening e-mails are considered computer crimes.

Mr James Saaka, the executive director Nita, said contrary to public misconception that Uganda lacks cyber laws, several people were currently serving jail sentences for cyber crimes.

He cited the four Bulgarian nationals currently serving a 20-year-jail term in Luzira Prison for defrauding money from Stanbic Bank ATMs.

Another Turkish national is currently serving a two-year jail term after pleading guilty to computer misuse and possession of pornographic materials, while two former MTN employees were jailed for hacking into the company’s servers.

“Password management is very important. Do you know that you can now sign contracts using e-mails?” Mr Saaka said.

Credit: Daily Monitor