By Hazel Ndebele
The Zimbabwe chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) has raised concerns over sections of the Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Bill which allow investigating authorities to seize computer devices and mobile phones during investigations, even if the equipment is not directly involved in the criminal activity being investigated.
Although the Bill has been amended several times, it has largely been seen as an instrument for government to tighten its grip over the control of cyberspace while spying on citizens. The Bill is yet to be passed by parliament.
In a commentary on the Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Bill, Misa Zimbabwe said the current definition of computer data storage medium exposes personal devices such as mobile phones to search and seizure during cybercrime investigations.
“The definition of computer data storage medium is too wide. It gives room for the seizure of personal equipment, which might not fall in the category of traditional data storage devices and equipment,” reads the Misa Zimbabwe commentary.