The Fight against Cybercrime in Cameroon

  • Prof. André Boraine Country, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Dr Ngaundje Leno Doris Higher Technical Teachers Training College, kumba, P.O.Box 249 Buea Road, Kumba
Keywords: Fight, Cybercrime, Data, Protection, Cameroon


With the on-going Anglophone crisis in the two English-speaking regions of Cameroon, individuals, businesses and the government are increasingly becoming at risk of being targeted by cyber criminals. Amid this challenge, Cameroon has enacted a law relating to Cyber Security and Cyber Criminality (hereinafter referred to as the Cyber law) and trained personels to fight cybercrime. In spite of these measures, cybercrime is still rampant and the question is why? This contribution therefore examines the measures put in place to combat cybercrime with the aim of showing that the measures are inadequate. Also, the contribution explains why cybercrime is prevalent in Cameroon and concludes with measures to prevent and minimise the impacts of cybercrime (recommendations). This paper aims to raise awareness and improve knowledge of data protection rules, especially among investigating officers, students, specialists and non-specialist legal practitioners who have to deal with data protection issues in their work.


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. Section1, Cyber Law.

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. Section 42,Cyber Law states that ‘The confidentiality of information channelled through electronic communication and information systems networks, including traffic data, shall be ensured by operators of electronic communication and networks information systems’.

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. Section 73 (2), Cyber Law provides ‘Whoever deliberately accepts to receive electronic communications payment using a forged or falsified payment, credit or cash withdrawal card shall be punished in accordance with Subsection 1 above’.

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. Ibid.

. 33, Cyber Law. The risks which users are to be informed of are not known by users.

. Section 3 (41), Cyber Law. Processing is carried out in good faith and entails in particular the collection, storage, use, revision, disclosure, archiving and destruction of data, regardless of the means applied and procedure

. Section 3 (41), Cyber Law.

. Ibid, Section 53.

. Ibid, Section 3 (42) defines Connection data as ‘data relating to the access process in an electronic communication’.

. Ibid, Section 3 (43) defines Traffic data as ‘data relating to an electronic communication indicating the origin, destination, route, time, date, size and duration or type of underlying service’.

. Decree No. 2002/092 of 8th April 2002.

. Section 7(1), Cyber Law.

. Ibid.

. See Decree No. 2012/180/PR of 10th April 2012.

. The seminars were organized differently. In Buea, it was organized on the 16 of September 2017, Douala, 4-5 of May 2017 and Bertoua from the 25-27 May 2017.

. The Seminar was organized in the month of November of 2012.

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. In cracking down on cyber crime, the government created in 2015 a center for digital forensic and cyber security under the University of Buea in partnership with the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication and university of Bloomsburg in the U.S. according to the director of the centre, Joan Waka, their mission is to “train young Cameroonians on how to protect the country’s cyberspace”.

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How to Cite
Boraine, P. A., & Leno Doris, D. N. (2019). The Fight against Cybercrime in Cameroon. International Journal of Computer (IJC), 35(1), 87-100. Retrieved from