Gatt announces Microsoft training
IT and Investments Minister Austin Gatt yesterday said
that within the next month, Microsoft Corporation will be providing
training to all members of the Police Corps to fight the abuse of intellectual
Gatt was addressing the Malta Employers Association on Data Protection
to explain how the recently-introduced Data Protection Act was an essential
safeguard to the protection of citizens privacy.
"Our country is part of the global reality in which information
and its storage are the most important tools for commerce. Every sales
strategy is built on consumer profiles, and for these to be precise
and useful, so have to be the information on consumer. But citizens
are not only consumers, and every private citizen has the right to be
sure that his consumer dimension does not threaten his privacy."
Gatt said the rate of advancement in technology has warranted a regulatory
force that can safeguard individuals rights, and that does not
ignore the fact that technology can also create new abuses against people,
amongst them a risk against privacy.
Gatt also said that the Data Protection Act was also concerned with
electronic security for internet transactions. "Our aim is to create
trust in technology, and that who wants to sell or buy will have their
minds at rest when using technology. The law on electronic commerce
has recognised that the same way as one buys and sells from a shop,
one can do the same through Internet. This is the new reality that requires
new regulations which safeguard our rights."
Gatt said that in the same way that theft, abuse and crime happen in
the physical world, so can the same happen through the Internet, and
this had to be taken into account through changes within the Criminal
"I would look to emphasise that the term cyber-crime
is no new form of criminality created through technology, but a new
tool for criminality
your employees could also have ulterior motives
to the way you wish your businesss technology to function, requiring
relationships of responsibility and security, to earn the trust of your
"I an say with satisfaction that the Cybercrime Unit of the Policy
is appreciating its responsibilities in this sector. Its talents, and
one has to mention Inspector Paul Caruana here, are the first and best
shield for us as citizens from criminals armed with the latest technology.
Who fights on the side of good has to be armed as well."