Government has come up with a new bill to widen its spying capability and monitoring of civilians at a time it is struggling to fully implement the new constitution that has an expanded bill of rights.
If passed, the draft Computer Crime and Cybercrime Bill soon to be presented to cabinet, would allow government to remotely install spying tools onto citizen’s communication devices.
Zimbabwe already has a law, the Interception of Communication Act 2007, which gives government significant powers of surveillance over the communications of its citizens.
A local human rights lawyer based in London, Arthur Gwagwa, says the only difference between ICA and the proposed cyber-security law is that rather than installing the monitoring device with the assistance of service providers, this law would allow authorities to remotely install spying tools onto a person’s device.
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