#Bahamas, October 23, 2017 – Nassau – While arguments on the so called, ‘Spy Bill’ are heated even now, The Bahamas Government is defending itself from social media rumors that there is already some sort of spying happening. The Jamaica Observer had the Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Carl Bethel denying the charge.
AG Bethel said that he is aware of an anonymous and untrue posting being circulated on social media which purports to warn users of alarming alleged monitoring of social media. Bethel added, “the Government of The Bahamas and its Law Enforcement Agencies are not engaged in the collection of any form of what is called “meta data” on the private social postings of residents of our Country.”
It was further explained that law enforcement agencies can only act if there is a crime reported.
“Any interception of any form of private communications can only take place in respect of a specific allegation of the commission of a crime under Bahamian Law.”