Personal data must be protected by law, Cabinet told 

by | Dec 23, 2022 | Business, Local News | 0 comments

Personal data must be protected by law, Cabinet told

 

 

Nevanji Munyaradzi Chiondgewa.

 

Governments should introduce cyber legislation that culminates in the safeguarding of personal data and put an end to the exploitation of personal data for profit by big data companies a Cabinet Minister has revealed.

 

This was contained in a report on the 17th Annual Internet Governance Forum which was presented by the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa to Cabinet yesterday.

 

The Report came after the Forum which was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 28 November to 2 December, 2022, in which Zimbabwe was represented by the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services.

 

Presenting the post-Cabinet media address yesterday, Minister Mutsvangwa said, “The nation is being informed that the theme of the 17th edition of the Internet Governance Forum was “Resilient Internet for a Shared, Sustainable and Common Future”.

 

The Forum deliberated on the growing role and impact of digital technologies on people’s daily lives, and the need to develop public policies, including legislation to counter disinformation, cybercrime and breaches of rights and freedoms online.”

 

 

Among the issues deliberated at the Forum was that resolved while Governments the world over have the responsibility to create an enabling environment for citizens to enjoy digital rights, the citizens have a reciprocal duty to exercise these rights responsibly.

 

Digital rights include freedom of speech, access to online information, and data protection.

 

It was further agreed that the introduction of cyber legislation would culminate in safeguarding personal data and put an end to the exploitation of personal data for profit by big data companies.

 

Minister Mutsvangwa further said, “Cabinet is also informing the nation that the Forum urged technology companies, Governments and the civil society to use their fiduciary responsibility to end violence against women after it was observed that women were being subjected to online violence.”

 

Zimbabwe earlier this year passed the Data Protection Act which seeks to enshrine the issues discussed at the Forum.

 

The new law also protects citizens against revenge porn and stops the abuse of the internet to incite political disturbances and terrorism.

 

The civil society in Zimbabwe has been at most times only pushing for rights of citizens without encouraging responsible use of those rights and ignoring the State’s function in the exercise of rights. This has seen them and opposition politics being at loggerheads with the State especially when government has called for restraint or has had to use the laws to curb the so-called rights.