Connectivity has made the access to information easier in this modern age, but it has also led to the increase in harmful online behavior such as cyberbullying, cyber stalking, internet trolling and exposure to offensive or harmful content, amongst other things. After much debate, Fiji has introduced the Online Safety Act, 2018 (the “Act”) to promote online safety and deter adverse online behavior and misuse of personal information. While it was enacted on 18 May 2018, it will not come into effect until the commencement date is gazetted.
At the date of writing the Online Safety Act has not appeared in the Fiji Government Gazette and therefore the legislation is not, as yet, in force. We will amend this update when it is “gazetted”.
In this commercial law update, we consider how this newly-introduced Act is intended to work.