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Hon Penn wants ‘Cyber Soldiers’ policing VI’s internet

- says unit should be made up of people who understand technology
Under the proposed Computer Misuse and Cyber Crime Amendment Act 2019, Leader of the Opposition, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) is proposing that the Virgin Islands (VI) look into creating a ‘Cyber Soldier’ unit that can police the territory’s internet along with the rest of its Information, Communication & Technology (ICT) space. Photo: Internet Source
Leader of the Opposition, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8). Photo: VINO/File
Leader of the Opposition, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8). Photo: VINO/File
In 2013, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) published a database that stripped away the privacy of offshore businesses across 10 offshore jurisdictions. Photo: Finance Twitter
In 2013, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) published a database that stripped away the privacy of offshore businesses across 10 offshore jurisdictions. Photo: Finance Twitter
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Under the proposed Computer Misuse and Cyber Crime Amendment Act 2019, Leader of the Opposition, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) is proposing that the Virgin Islands (VI) look into creating a ‘Cyber Soldier’ unit that can police the territory’s internet along with its information, communication and technology (ICT) space.

Speaking at the recent Sixth Sitting of the First Session of The Fourth House of Assembly, Hon Penn remarked that while the idea is not new, he had proposed it at a past House of Assembly sitting only to be laughed at as those legislators did not understand the concept.

Elite Cyber Team 

“I came here… I can’t remember the Bill that we were discussing, and I went on and I spoke extensively on the era that we’re in… and the importance of us to now start thinking about having Cyber Soldiers,” he told the House at the August 1, 2019, Sitting.  

According to the Opposition Leader, this cyber team would be made up of, “Persons who understand technology, who understand the damaging effects of technology to help us as a country, as a territory, as a government, to police the technology world.”

He said back in 2014 when the Computer Misuse and Cyber Crime Amendment Act originated, the need to Protect VI’s digital space became even more apparent due to a data leak that affected the territory’s offshore business industry.

Hon Penn urged Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1), “...to start enlisting those Cyber Soldiers. We need persons to help support, defend our public infrastructure, help defend our government and our data.”  

Protecting Data

In 2013, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) published a database that stripped away the privacy of offshore businesses across 10 offshore jurisdictions.

The Offshore Leaks Database allowed users to search through more than 100,000 companies, trusts and funds created in offshore locales such as the Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands and Singapore.

“I’m happy that the bill is back and the Premier has added some additional information, additional clause to further protect and regulate the ICT environment in this territory,” Hon Penn said.

Further, he remarked that in supporting the bill and the large penalties, necessary safeguards have to be put into place to ensure that authorities don’t abuse powers when they go after those committing cyber crimes.

4 Responses to “Hon Penn wants ‘Cyber Soldiers’ policing VI’s internet”

  • vip heckler (12/08/2019, 19:30) Like (23) Dislike (2) Reply
    how come he was not asking for corruption soldiers policing his party when the NDP was in?...they would have surely been reelected
  • hummm (13/08/2019, 11:11) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Smuf going be alright
  • VIlander (13/08/2019, 12:24) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Why s this dude in HOA? Imagine he had the nerve to demand to be Deputy Premier & can't even lead a decent opposition. Thank you for your service Penn.


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