These series of posts on the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society’s website documents the various Information and Communication Technology (ICT) related laws and policies that have been introduced and/or proposed in Trinidad and Tobago either in the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament or by various Government ministries, and the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) since 1999.
The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society has commented on many of these policies and links to our comments have also been provided.
Furthermore. we have also linked to local copies of policies that have disappeared with the removal and/or redesign of government websites over time.
ICT Related Laws and Policies sorted by Year
- May-2017 Cybercrime Bill 2017
- Jun-2015 Cybercrime Bill 2015
- Mar-2014 The Cybercrime Bill 2014
- May-2012 smartTT National ICT Plan (2012)
- Jun-2011 Data Protection Act 2011
- Apr-2011 Electronic Transactions Act 2011
- Jun-2010 Laptops in Schools (2010)
- May-2009 Data Protection Bill 2009
- May-2009 Electronic Transactions Bill 2009
- Dec-2008 Data Protection Bill 2008
- Sep-2008 Electronic Transactions Bill 2008
- Nov-2006 Internet Bandwidth Management
- Jan-2006 Data Protection Policy (2006)
- Jul-2001 Telecommunication Act 2001
- Oct-2000 Computer Misuse Act 2000
- Apr-2000 Digital Signatures Bill 1999
How laws are passed in Trinidad and Tobago
(This is a layperson’s understanding of the process. A lot of information was obtained from the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament’s website.)
Laws are introduced and passed in the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago which consists of the President of Trinidad and Tobago and two bodies, a House of Representatives and a Senate. The House of Representatives has forty one (41) elected representatives of the constituencies in Trinidad and Tobago. The Senate has 31 senators appointed by the President, sixteen on the advice of the Prime Minister ; six on the advice of the Leader of the Opposition; and nine Independents appointed by the President.
Proposed laws are introduced in either in the House of Representatives or in the Senate as a Bill (Note: certain types of Bills known as “Money Bills” cannot be introduced in the Senate) . The Bill is debated and after a vote, is passed with or without amendments. This Bill (as passed) is then introduced in the other chamber of Parliament where it is similarly debated, possibly amended and voted on.
If there are no amendments to the Bill in the second chamber, then the Bill is passed.
If there are amendments to the Bill in the second chamber, the amendments have to be voted by the chamber where the Bill was first introduced.
Once the Bill in its final form has been approved by both the House of Representatives and the Senate, the Bill as passed becomes an Act. Depending on the the legislation, the Act comes into effect on the Date of Assent, and/or when proclaimed by the President.