Cabinet approves Cyber crime, Cyber security and Data Protection Bill

Cabinet approves Cybercrime, Cybersecurity and Data, Protection Bill. The Bill is expected, among other things, to regulate and promote the safe use of the internet in Zimbabwe. Cabinet has finally approved the Cyber Crime, Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill which has been in the pipelines for a long period of time now.

Some analysts have been expressing fears over the bill which they said was designed to take away some of the citizens’ rights including the right to privacy. In its 35th Cabinet meeting decision matrix dated 8th of October 2019, Cabinet said Bill is seeking to build confidence and trust in the use of communication technology.

Below are some of the Cyber Bill’s objectives as summarised by Open Parly. Provision and approval of codes of conduct and ethics to be observed by all categories of data controllers;

Data Protection with due regard to constitutional rights and public interest under POTRAZ;
Establishment of a Data Security Centre and a Data Protection Authority;

Investigation and collection of evidence relating to Cyber Crime and unauthorised Data Collection and breaches thereof; The admissibility of electronic evidence for such offences;

Penalties for offences committed under the Act;  Penalties for the transmission of data messages inciting violence and damage to property;  Protection of citizens against cyberbullying and harassment;

Measures to address the production and dissemination of racist and xenophobic material using language that tends to lower the reputation or feelings of persons for the reason that they belong to a group of persons distinguished on the grounds set out in section 56 subsection 3 of the Constitution;

Penalties for persons who generate, distribute or broadcast data concerning an identifiable person knowing it to be false and intending to cause psychological or economic harm; and Curbing the transmission of pornographic material.

Source – Pindula News

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