Police Warn Social Media Users to Remember Cybercrimes Law

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The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is warning users of social media websites to do so with responsibility and a conform with the law.

In a statement to the media last evening, the Constabulary’s Corporate Communications Unit, CCU, says there’re several pieces of legislation to protect people against the misuse and/or abuse by individuals who use social media.

CCU says these include the Cybercrimes Act, the Obscene Publications Act and the offences Against the Person Act.

It says the JCF acknowledges the work of advocacy groups who preserve the rights of vulnerable individuals in society.

But it says it’s implemented policies to safeguard these rights.

It says these include the Child Interaction Policy, Diversity Policy and the Human Rights Policy.

CCU says the role of social media and their far-reaching capabilities as an emerging news source cannot be ignored.

It says any misuse of social media platforms can be dangerous and can lead to distress and possible breaches of the law.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.