Electronic Communication Abuse Offences Act

Tonga’s new bill countering internet abuse becomes law

King Tupou VI assented to the bill known as the Electronic Communication Abuse Offences Act on 25 February.

In December, the Attorney General, Linda Folaumoetu'i, went on radio and TV at that time to explain that the law aims to address the use of any communication platform to abuse, harass or otherwise harm another.

In the Act the abuse can be by the person who creates, makes or originates an electronic communication as well as anyone who shares, reposts or distributes the material so that it can be seen or heard by the public in Tonga.