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Regulation and Legislation

Regulation and legislation will ensure an empowered digital society is realised. Good ICT governance will be promoted, with judicious use of resources and participation by all stakeholders. International best practices will be adopted.​

Regulation & Legislation Goals    Regulation & Legislation Guiding Principles    


38. Digital Single Market

Malta will seek to maximise the benefits and opportunities deriving from legislation adopted within the EU. As at 2014, these include: The Data Protection Framework; The Electronic Identification and Trust Services Regulation; The Information Society Directive; Regulation concerning the European single market for electronic communications and achieving a Connected Continent.

39. Radio spectrum for mobile data communications

The regulatory framework will ensure sufficient radio spectrum for mobile data communication while safeguarding the availability of spectrum for public security.

40. Digital legislation and contracts

Government will work with stakeholders to: Have a process whereby new laws, once enacted, are digital by default; Evaluate existing laws to align them with the Digital Malta vision; Enable contracts, which are subject to the formalities of the Notarial Profession and Notarial Archives Act, to be in digital format from the outset.

41. Infrastructure based competition

The legal and regulatory framework shall support investment in new broadband networks and stimulate infrastructure-based competition.

42. Standards and Good Practice

Government will collaborate with stakeholders to support and promote: National and EU cross-border interoperability; ICT standards based on industry best practices; Green ICT.

43. Cyber Crime Legislation

Government will review existing legislation to ensure relevance and effectiveness in the cyber world, for example in dealing with cyber bullying.

44. Digital legislation and regulation

Government will provide measures to maintain privacy, safety and security while surfing, transacting and operating on-line. Legislation will address several matters: Safeguarding intellectual property rights; Patents; Sensitive and personal information; Cloud Computing and data ownership; Contentious content; Net Neutrality; Vendor Lock-in and Exit Management strategies; Online contracts and license agreements.