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Interception of Communications Bill, 2006 (H.B. 4, 2006)
May 26, 2006
Gazetted Friday 26 May, 2006

Important note: This Bill has been replaced by a new consolidated text pursuant to a motion approved by the House of Assembly on Tuesday 7th November, 2006

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Interception of Communications Bill
, 2006

MEMORANDUM

The purpose of this Bill is to establish an interception of communications monitoring centre and for the appointment of persons to that centre whose function shall be to monitor and intercept certain communications in the course of their transmission through a telecommunications, postal or any other related service system. In more detail the Bill provides as follows:

Part I
The Bill's short title is set out in clause 1. Clause 2 defines the terms that are used throughout the Bill.

Part II
This Part will establish a monitoring centre which shall be the sole facility through which authorised interceptions shall be effected. The centre shall be controlled and operated by technical experts designated by the agency.

Part III
The persons who are authorised to make applications for interception of communications include the Chief of the Defence Intelligence, the Director-General of the President's department on national security, the Commissioner of the Zimbabwe Republic Police and the Commissioner-General of the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority. Under this Part the Minister is authorised to issue an interception warrant to authorised persons where there are reasonable grounds for the Minister to believe (among other things) that a serious offence has been or is being or will probably be committed or that there is threat to safety or national security of the country. The warrant issued by the Minister shall be valid for a period not exceeding three months and must specify the name and address of an interception target. No court shall accept as evidence where such evidence has been obtained by means of any interception committed in contravention of this Act. Furthermore a telecommunication service provider is required to install hardware and software facilities and devices to enable interception of communications and also that the telecommunication service can store communication-related information and how the service could be connected with the communication monitoring centre or the manner in which the information can be re-routed to the monitoring centre. The telecommunication service provider shall be assisted or compensated for the assistance he or she may provide to the Authority or the monitoring centre.

Part IV
This Part will provide for the application procedure for the detention of any suspicious postal article. An authorised person may apply to the Minister for a detention order to detain and examine the postal article where the authorised person has reasonable grounds to suspect that the postal article contains anything in respect of which an offence or attempted offence is being committed.

Part V
This Part will provide for the general restrictions on disclosure of any information which an individual may have obtained in the exercise of his or her duties in terms of this Act. The authorised person is also required to destroy as soon as possible after use any intercepted material.

Any person who may be aggrieved by a warrant, directive or order issued to or by the Authority, authorised person or the agency may appeal to the Minister and the Minister may confirm, vary or set aside the warrant, directive or order appealed against. If an aggrieved person is not satisfied with the decision of the Minister, he or she may appeal against it to the Administrative Court.

The Minister under this Part is empowered to make regulations providing for all matters which by this Act are required to be prescribed or which in his opinion, are necessary or convenient to be prescribed.


Interception of Communications Bill, 2006

Arrangement of Sections

PART I
PRELIMINARY

Section

1. Short title.
2. Interpretation.

PART II
CONTROL OF INTERCEPTION AND ESTABLISHMENT OF A MONITORING CENTRE

3. Control of interception.
4. Establishment of monitoring centre.

PART III
APPLICATION FOR LAWFUL INTERCEPTION OF COMMUNICATIONS

5. Authorised persons to apply for warrant of interception.
6. Issue of warrant.
7. Scope of warrant.
8. Evidence obtained by unlawful interception not admissible in criminal proceedings.
9. Assistance by service providers.
10. Duties of telecommunication service provider in relation to customer.
11. Notice of disclosure of protected information.
12. Interception capability of telecommunication service.
13. Compensation payable to service provider or protected information key holder.

PART IV
POSTAL ARTICLES

14. Application for detention order.
15. Examination and accountability for detained postal articles.

PART V
GENERAL
16. Restriction on disclosure.
17. Disposal of intercept product.
18. Appeals.
19. Regulations.


PRESENTED BY THE MINISTER OF TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS

BILL

To provide for the lawful interception and monitoring of certain communications in the course of their transmission through a telecommunication, postal or any other related service or system in Zimbabwe; to provide for the establishment of a monitoring centre; and to provide for any other matters connected with or incidental to the foregoing.

ENACTED by the President and the Parliament of Zimbabwe.

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