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State of cybercrime legislation
The Digital Code, or law n° 2017-20 of the 13th of June 2017, contains more than 647 articles and deals with, among other things, electronic communications, electronic tools, including the use of evidence in electronic form, electronic transactions, data protection, cybersecurity and cybercrime.
It comes to reinforce existing legislation, including the Penal Code currently under study at the National Assembly, the anti-corruption law – la Loi n°2011-20 du 12 octobre 2011 portant lutte contre la corruption et autres infractions connexes of the Republic of Benin and the data protection law – la Loi n°2009-9 du 22 Mai 2009 portant protection des données à caractère personnel of the Republic of Benin.
The articles of the Digital Code related to cybercrime introduce provisions relating to substantive criminal law (among them those related to illegal access, illegal interception, data and system interference, computer-related fraud and forgery and child online protection) and provisions relating to procedural law.
Art.618 of the Digital Code creates a specialised Office for the fight against Cybercrime, the Office Central de Répression de la Cybercriminalité (OCRC) and describes the mechanisms of international cooperation (Art.624). The specialised Office is in charge of investigating cybercrime cases and promoting awareness-raising activities at the national level.