(Last Updated on January 26, 2024 by ZIMDAILY EDITOR)
HARARE- The Minister of ICT, Postal & Courier Services Hon Dr Tatenda Mavetera has urged Zimbabweans to prioritise data privacy in their operations and activities as protecting data is not just the responsibility of the Government alone.
The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority Zimbabwe yesterday during the official opening of Data Privacy Week symposium that started Monday 22 January 2024 and ends Sunday 28 January 2024 in Harare under the theme: ‘Take Control of Your Data.’
“As the economy continues to digitize towards vision 2030, it is important to recognize data protection of personal information not just a matter of compliance but also a matter of dignity, constitutional imperative, trust and cooperation.’
“The Zimbabwean government is committed to protect the privacy of its citizens’ personal information. We have put in place a regulatory framework to safeguard the use and sharing of personal information which is outlined under the Cyber and Data Protection Act [chapter 12:07],’ Hon Mavetera said.
She added that there is need to use data in an ethical way that respects the privacy of individuals.
“The protection of personal information is not just a matter of compliance but it is a matter of dignity.
“I urge POTRAZ to go beyond the towns and educate the masses in the rural areas where a lot of data collection is taking place and shared without consent of the the data subjects. Indeed no one should be left behind,” Mavetera says.
Meanwhile, Dr Gift Machengete has said “Starlink and any other satellite company is allowed to operate provided they are licensed, POTRAZ Director General.”
Speaking during the sidelines of the Data Privacy Week symposium, POTRAZ Director General highlighted that it is illegal to operate a satellite company without a valid license.
“You need to get a licence to operate in the telecommunication sector that is the law.”
He was responding to a question on the recent arrest of a commercial courier, Macrotop Zim (Pvt) Ltd based in Msasa, Harare for delivering Starlink products ordered from China by their clients. Two people have so far been arrested for ‘smuggling’ Starlinks in Zimbabwe.