(Xinhua) -- Tanzania plans to
introduce Personal Data Protection Act to strengthen fight
against cybercrime in the east African nation, senior official
Yahya Simba, Tanzania’s Home Affairs deputy
minister revealed this here when addressing the Africa Cyber
He cited cyber related crimes as the major threat against the
communication sector and people’s development in Africa.
According to him, protection of data privacy is one of the
most pressing issues in the contemporary digital age. Data
protection law will include governing the collection, holding,
processing, disclosure and transfer of individuals’ personal
He said that the government is tirelessly finding ways to
ensure that cybercrime is fought by all means.
"The endorsement of the law will be an addition to the
current arsenal of laws against cyber and communication crimes,"
Last year Tanzania came up with Cyber Crime Act, making it
the fifth African nation to introduce the law after Kenya, South
Africa, Nigeria and Zambia.
Ambassador Simba noted that global reports indicate a rise in
cyber crime whereby more joint efforts are needed to fight it.
He also spoke on the benefits of the Cybercrime Act noting
that it has greatly reduced online abuses after a number of
people have been taken to court.
He said most of the offences include sedition and youth are
the primary victims as some of them have been sharing pictures
which aim to incite the public.
The deputy minister defended the law, saying those who view
it as draconian have criminal intent.
"There is no law or act that will suit everybody, those who
think it is oppressive are those who benefit from the absence of
the law, and there are just a few," he said.
Oracle Corporation vice president, Janusz Naklicki said that
modern technologies have allowed countries worldwide to build
networks that rapidly convey and exchange information and help
boost their businesses.
"The summit aims at creating awareness on what is happening
in terms of security and also notify authorities and responsible
leaders of solutions other people have implemented to secure
their businesses," he said.
Naklicki said the event came at a time when the global cyber
crime market is worth a staggering 300 billion U.S. dollars.
"If you look at what has happened in the past six months,
either in government or private sector, a lot of people have
either been hacked, a lot of systems have been defaced resulting
in denial of services and therefore losses," Naklicki added.
He noted that every year organisations pour billions of
dollars into information security. And like clockwork, every
year hackers find new ways to access and steal sensitive data.
Organised by Oracle Corporation together with the government,
the summit looked deeply into understanding cyber threats and
cybercrimes, and how to tackle these issues and at the same time
how to create awareness.
Stakeholders in the ICT industry gathered to explore the
security dangers organisations face and it focused on three
pillars of cyber security, content and data privacy and
governance, risk and compliance.