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Posted: Tuesday, April 25, 2017. 1:23 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Representatives from the public and private sector are holding a week-long symposium, to discuss issues relating to cyber security in Belize, in preparation for drafting the first National Cyber Security Strategy and Action Plan.

The Deputy Prime Minister, the Special Envoy for Women and Children, Chief Justice of Belize and Attorney General of Belize, were only a few of the participants gathered at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza, to discuss the current state of affairs regarding cyber security in Belize, and what progressions the country needs to make.

The National Cyber Security Strategy is important for Belize because of the increasing amount of people who access the internet, as well as the growing number of services, including government services, which are being offered online.

Currently Belize has no legislation regarding cyber crimes, which means that offenders of cyber crimes have to be charged under a common law equivalent, which can be difficult for law enforcement authorities, depending on the complexity of the crime.

The push to make a collaborative effort to address cyber crimes was inspired by the Belizean Cheaters incident in February, where many Belizeans had their private photos posted on social media.

One such photo featured a minor, which triggered public outrage, and motivated the authorities to accelerate completing the draft, which was being developed under the former Ministry of Science and Technology, for a number of years.

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