The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) last week invited companies to bid for a tender to supply, install and commission a National Central Subscriber Information Database (Nacsid). The Nacsid will store personal records of all registered mobile phone subscribers in a central server, which will be accessed by law enforcement agencies. Potraz claims that this is necessary in order to improve cyber security and prevent disturbances disguised as protests.
The data which will be collected includes full name, permanent residential address, nationality, gender, subscriber identity number, and national identification number/passport number. Statutory Instrument 95 of 2014 provides for the establishment of a Nacsid and says:
The authority shall establish and maintain a central subscriber information database to be known as the Central Subscriber Information Database in which all subscriber information shall be stored.
The creation of database shall enable the authority to assist with the operation of the emergency call services or assisting emergency services; and assist with the provision of mobile-based emergency warning systems.
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