An analysis of the recently gazetted Data Protection Act of Zimbabwe.
MISA’s response to the recent announcement by the government of Zimbabwe of its setting up of a team to monitor social media.
MISA writes to the African Union and United Nations on the continued internet shutdowns in Eswatini.
Comments on the recent increases in mobile data tariffs that are increasingly putting internet access out of reach for the ordinary citizen.
“A strong cyber security and data protection framework is critical for the exercise and enjoyment of human rights, trade, increased investments and Zimbabwe’s socio-economic development.”
The Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill which was gazetted in May 2020 and subjected to public hearings in July 2020, has now been recommitted in Senate following its passing in the National Assembly.
In its submissions to parliament on the Cybersecurity and Data Protection Bill, MISA Zimbabwe, among other issues, recommended that the Bill be unbundled into three separate components notably: Cyber Security, Electronic Transactions and Data Protection Bills.
MISA Zimbabwe in partnership with the International Centre for Not for Profit Law, convened a multi-stakeholder engagement meeting on internet access and affordability.
The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations.
The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA), IFEX, Panos Institute Southern Africa, and, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) have petitioned the Prime Minister, to ensure that the internet, social media platforms, and all other communication channels are open, secure, and accessible regardless of the protests that are currently taking place in Eswatini.