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The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications has issued the Guidelines on Computer Security (No. 3623/MPT, 11 December 2017) and the Decision on penalties in Cyber Crime (No. 3624/MPT, 11 December 2017), under Law on Prevention and Combating of Cyber Crime.
State of cybercrime legislation
Law no 61/NA on Prevention and Combating Cybercrime was adopted in July 2015. It contains substantive and procedural rules, as well as measures related to international cooperation.There are continued reforms to adopt data protection and CIIP laws. The Law on the Protection of Electronic Data (No 25/NA) was enacted in 2017.
Law on Prevention and Combatting Cyber Crime (2015) criminalizes cybercrime; sets up campaigns to mitigate and prevent cybercrime, including training, education, increasing awareness, and developing better data and network security; and establishes LaoCERT as the nationally designated CSIRT and outlines its responsibilities.
Offenses listed in Part II of the law, Art. 8 – Art. 18 include the following: disclosing of specific computer access prevention measure; unauthorized computer access; unauthorized editing picture, animation, audio and video; unauthorized interception; causing damage via online social media; dissemination of pornography; computer system interference; computer data and information forgery; destroying computer data and information; operating business of tools and equipment for cybercrime.
Law on Prevention and Combatting Cyber Crime (2015) - Part VI Investigation of Cyber Crime Case contains general provisions on carrying out investigations.
Related laws and regulations
- Information Communications and Technology Law;
- Decree on Electronic Commerce (2003) (draft)
- Law on Electronic Data Protection 25/NA, from 12 May 2017
- Law on Electronic Signatures (№ 59/NA, 12 December 2018) (“E-Signature Law”)
- Law on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism No. 50/NA
LaoCERT – Laos national Computer Emergency Response Team
The Lao People's Democratic Republic Police Force opens in the Forensics Police Department, Ministry of Public Security, in August 2019, the first Digital Forensics Laboratory, specialized in the analysis of digital evidence seized, or resulting from, criminal investigations in Lao including transnational organized crime, cybercrime and wildlife crime.
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- Cybercrime website
- Template: Mutual Legal Assistance Request for subscriber information (Art. 31 Budapest Convention). English and bilingual versions available.
- Template: Data Preservation Request (Articles 29 and 30 Budapest Convention). English and bilingual versions available.