Information Communication Technology experts say the Cyber Crime, Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill which was approved by cabinet this Tuesday was long overdue.

In a post cabinet media briefing on Tuesday, the Acting Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Hon. Mangaliso Ndlovu said the Bill seeks to combat the use of ICTs to commit crime and increase security online to build confidence and trust in the public using the technology.

A Cyber Security Consultant, Ashley Tambowoneyi said Zimbabwe is lagging behind in terms of appreciating cyber ethics.

“This is a good move seeing that Zimbabweans don’t appreciate cyber laws, we are lagging behind,” said Tambawoneyi.

Another expert and Africa Data Center Association Director General, Dr Dunny Derera said the bill was long overdue as it will protect people’s data.

“Your data will be protected, no one will temper with your data, we are not reinventing the wheel, the wheel has been reinvented elsewhere in Europe they have what they call the Global Data Protection Regulation which makes sure that the European data stays within the European continent,” said Dr Derera.

The bill also seeks to protect citizens against cyber bullying, harassment and transmission of pornographic material.

It also has measures to address the production and dissemination of racist and xenophobic material, penalties for persons who generate, distribute or broadcast data concerning an identifiable person knowing it to be false and intending to cause psychological or economic harm.