Amendments to Computer Crime Law in Costa Rica

Lawmakers voted so that no journalist, citizen or public official should again feel afraid of filing complaints of corruption.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

It is no longer a crime to publicise and disseminate information of public interest, nor is collecting, copying and use of information by financial institutions supervised by Sugef.

From a press release from the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica:

With 42 members in favor and 2 against lawmakers approved in their second debate article 18546 on Penal Reform set out in Articles 167, 196, BIS 196, 229 bis, TER 229, 230, 231, 232, 236 and 295, of the Penal Code, known as the Computer Crimes Act.

Deputy Juan Carlos Mendoza Garcia, said that with this law a pattern is established in that no journalist, citizen or public official should again feel afraid to present allegations of corruption.

"This process which sees the decriminalization of revealing or disseminating information of public interest, has taken many months and included the participation of many people who have been involved in it in order to improve the text of the document which was found in the Human Rights Commission" Mendoza said.

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