The Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) will soon introduce new laws to address data security in Brunei.

During the opening of Brunei’s Legal Year on Thursday, Attorney General Dato Paduka Hj Hairol Arni Hj Abdul Majid announced that the AGC is working closely with other government agencies to draft new legislation on monitoring and more efficient reporting of cybersecurity threats. 

The new laws will also create a licensing regime that will regulate how data security is handled by mobile networks, the Attorney General said as reported by Brunei’s online news site The Scoop.

DP Hj Hairol Arni said the new law will “add further dimension to data privacy, cybercrime legal framework and cybersecurity as a whole”.

He also told The Scoop that a special counsel and mutual legal assistance will be set up by ASEAN and China to tackle cybercrime in the region.

Brunei recorded a total of 2,143 cybersecurity attacks in 2017, according to the Brunei Computer Emergency Response Team (BruCert).

The Brunei Legal Year is a largely ceremonial tradition that gives members of the legal community a chance to reflect on the past 12 months, and for key stakeholders to identify issues that should be addressed in the coming year.

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