The East African Community (EAC) has formed a network to promote the exchange of information between criminal justice and law enforcement counterparts among Member States of the East African Community on issues pertaining to the fight against cybercrime, the Monitor reported.

Under the arrangement, Uganda Kenya and South Sudan as well as Ethiopia and Somalia formed the Eastern African Cybercrime Criminal Justice Network to create a network of focal points for law enforcement agencies, prosecution services, and central authorities in order to facilitate informal and formal modes of cooperation in criminal matters involving cybercrime and electronic evidence.

The Eastern African Criminal Justice Network on Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence seeks to facilitate and promote formal and informal international cooperation among member states against cybercrime and exchange information on best practices, harmonisation of national laws and technical assistance needs in the field of international cooperation to combat cybercrime.

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The network is charged with establishing a database of cybercrime cases and compiles information on patterns and trends of cybercrime in the region; facilitate and coordinate training and capacity building activities for the member states, cooperation on legal issues pertaining to cybercrime, including the use of electronic evidence. It is envisaged that the network will promote and facilitate any other form of cooperation as may be beneficial to the needs of member states and the functioning of the network itself.