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E-mail spying Bill drafted
government has drafted a Bill to spy into telephone and e-mail messages
while making it compulsory for service providers to instal the enabling
equipment on behalf of the state.
law, the Interception of Communications Bill 2006, seeks to empower
the chief of defence intelligence, the director-general of the Central
Intelligence Organisation, the Commissioner of Police and the Commissioner
General of the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority to intercept telephonic,
e-mail and cellphone messages.
The Bill also
empowers state agencies to open mail passing through the post and
through licensed courier service providers.
This comes despite
a Supreme Court ruling in 2004 which declared unconstitutional Sections
98 and 103 of the Posts and Telecommunications (PTC) Act because
they violated Section 20 of the Constitution.
Section 20 guarantees
freedom of expression, freedom to receive and impart ideas without
interference with one’s correspondence.
The Bill stipulates
that operators of telecommunications services will be compelled
to install software and hardware to enable them to intercept and
store information as directed by the state.
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