By Derick Tsimba
Government recently gazetted the new Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill which parliament is expected to pass into law soon. The bill is intended at protecting the nation and the citizens from harmful and malicious spread of information.
Part of the bill states that it will protect people from harassment and bullying by any person who unlawfully and intentionally generates information on an information system by enforcing a prison term of up to 10 years.
“Any person who unlawfully and intentionally by means of a computer or information system generates and sends any data message to another person, or posts on any material whatsoever on any electronic medium accessible by any person, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, harass, threaten, bully or cause substantial emotional distress, or to degrade, humiliate or demean the person of another or to encourage a person to harm himself or herself, shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level 10 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding ten years or both such fine and such imprisonment.
“Any person who unlawfully and intentionally by means of a computer or information system makes available, broadcasts or distributes data to any other person concerning an identified or identifiable person knowing it to be false with intend to cause psychological or economic harm shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level 10 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding ten years or to both such fine and such imprisonment,” reads the Bill.