BY NKOSENTSHA KHUMALO
Human rights activists yesterday criticized the federal government for passing the cybersecurity and privateness regulation, saying it might additional prohibit freedom of communication and data.
The cybersecurity and privateness regulation handed by means of parliament in July and was enacted final Friday by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Though the brand new regulation seems progressive when it comes to strengthening knowledge safety, consolidating cybercrimes, and selling a technology-driven atmosphere, the regulation contained provisions that undermine freedom of expression and the media as codified in Part 61 of the Structure.
In its newest evaluation of the regulation, Transparency Worldwide Zimbabwe (TI-Z) mentioned the regulation contained provisions that hamper the position of civil society and the media within the battle towards corruption.
“On-line media platforms, together with social media, have performed a key position in exposing corruption scandals in Zimbabwe, which has led to investigations by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Fee (Zacc) and the conviction of senior authorities officers.
“As such, whistleblowers use social media to alert anti-corruption authorities, civil society and the media to suspicious circumstances,” the TI-Z assertion reads.
Mthwakazi Democratic Alliance President Hloniphani Ncube mentioned Zanu PF handed the regulation to suppress dissenting votes.
“The federal government launched this regulation as a result of it sensed the stress and needs folks to be silent,” mentioned Ncube.
The brand new regulation regulates, amongst different issues, how private knowledge could also be processed by telecommunications corporations comparable to Econet, NetOne and Telecel.
Ncube mentioned folks ought to be capable to categorical themselves freely on all media platforms.
Part 164 (F) of the Act prohibits the manufacturing and distribution of racist materials, xenophobia with residents who’re prohibited from posting about anti-government protests.
Data Minister Monica Mutsvangwa not too long ago mentioned the federal government had arrange a cyber group to “monitor what persons are sending and receiving on social media.”
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