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  • State resubmits interception Bill
    The Herald (Zimbabwe)
    November 08, 2006

    GOVERNMENT has consolidated the Interception of Communications Bill, which seeks to provide for the interception and monitoring of certain communications in the course of their transmission through the telecommunications or postal service, a Cabinet minister said yesterday.

    Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Cde Patrick Chinamasa told the House of Assembly that the current text of the proposed law had been replaced by a consolidated one.

    He said the consolidated text should be treated as having been presented in the House and referred to the Parliamentary Legal Committee for scrutiny on whether its provisions conform to the Constitution.

    The original Bill proposed the establishment of a monitoring centre or agency, which would be the sole facility through which authorised interceptions could be effected.

    It was to be controlled and operated by technical experts designated by the envisaged agency.

    Persons authorised to make applications for interception included the Chief of Defence Intelligence, the Director-General of the Department of National Security, the Police Commissioner and the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority Commissioner-General.

    The postal and telecommunications sector had expressed mixed feelings on the proposed law with some of the stakeholders saying there was need to fine-tune the Bill to strike a balance between the interests of the State and the need to protect privacy.

    Others were of the view that the provisions of the proposed statute contravened freedom of expression as enshrined in the Constitution.

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