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National Information Technology Authority(NITA-Uganda) Sensitizes National Council for Higher Education on Cyber Laws.

NITA-U is carrying out sensitization workshops in different MDAs on Cyber Laws and the NITA-U Act. The sensitization workshops are aimed at creating awareness on the laws that govern the Electronic Signatures, Electronic Transactions and Computer Misuse Act.

The Electronic Signatures Act makes provision for regulating the use of electronic signatures. The Act makes provision for the use of electronic signatures in order to ensure that transactions are carried out in a secure environment, it recognizes the different signature creating technologies and provides effective administrative structures for example establishment of Certification Authorities.
The Electronic Transactions Act provides for the use, security, facilitation and regulation of electronic communications and transactions and encourages the use of e-Government services. It facilitates the development of e-commerce in Uganda by broadly removing existing legal impediments that may prevent a person from transacting electronically because of omission in the traditional laws.
The Computer Misuse Act makes provision for the safety and security of electronic transactions and information systems. It makes provision for the safety and security of electronic transactions and information systems. The Computer Misuse Act prevents unlawful access, abuse or misuse of information systems by including computers (and electronic devices like mobile phones) and makes provision for securing the conduct of electronic transactions in a trustworthy electronic environment and to provide for other related matters.
NITA-U will develop standards for the design and implementation of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and provide the necessary platform to protect transactions in government agencies like National Council for Higher Education(NCHE),NWSC,URSB,USE and many others.

Enjoy your reading and happy Easter season,

Robert Kikonyogo

Kampala,Uganda.

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