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African Consultants Communicate Out On Problematic Covid-19 Measures That Compromise Information Privateness and Safety

2020-10-16 14:38:52

African Freedom of Expression Change (AFEX)

Consultants in Africa have urged civil society and the general public to keep up vigilance on the COVID-19 legal guidelines, insurance policies and practices on information safety and freedom of expression adopted of their numerous nations as a way to advocate for his or her repeal as soon as the scenario not calls for such measures.

This assertion was initially printed on africafex.org on 6 October 2020.

Consultants in Africa have urged civil society and the general public to keep up vigilance on the COVID-19 legal guidelines, insurance policies and practices on information safety and freedom of expression adopted of their numerous nations as a way to advocate for his or her repeal as soon as the scenario not calls for such measures.

This, the consultants mentioned, is critical to stop entrenchment of restrictions of freedoms and invasion of privateness that had been launched as a part of emergency measures to curb the unfold of COVID-19.

The decision was made on September twenty eighth 2020 throughout a session held by the Africa Freedom of Expression Change (AFEX) at this 12 months’s Discussion board on Web Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica). The session was titled Combating COVID-19: Information Safety and Privateness Issues”, and was moderated by Edetaen Ojo, Govt Director of Media Rights Agenda and chairperson for AFEX. The panelists had been Ms Avani Singh from Alt Advisory, South Africa, Ms Nompilo Simanje of MISA-Zimbabwe, Mr Paul-Joel Kamtchang of ADISI-Cameroun and Ms Grace Githaiga of the Kenya ICT Motion Community.

The dialogue was held in response to rising issues inside civil society that lots of the restrictions on individuals’s freedoms by governments throughout Africa within the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak had raised information safety and privateness issues.

The panelists indicated that lots of the measures and practices adopted by some governments in Africa to manage the the COVID-19 pandemic, a few of which have implications for information safety and privateness of residents are problematic. They famous for, occasion that lots of the measures would not have a particular period and are usually not topic to judicial or parliamentary oversight, and are, due to this fact, liable to be abused.

Within the mild of this, the consultants really helpful the monitoring of all measures which have the potential to infringe established information safety and privateness ideas as a way to advocate for his or her repeal as soon as the circumstances for which they had been enacted not exist.

The consultants additionally made the next suggestions;

Worldwide collaborations and solidarity are key to profitable roll-back of restrictions.

Share of knowledge and greatest practices amongst nations in respect of scaling again legal guidelines that unduly undermine information safety and privateness

Have interaction legislators and opinion leaders to assist the advocacy

Arrange coaching workshops for media practitioners and civil society on the problems at stake and their implications for human rights

Encourage strategic litigation to set precedent and push again on a number of the legal guidelines

Amplify and mobilise members of the general public to make submissions throughout public hearings and so on

Collaborate with info and information safety companies, telecom operators and coverage makers across the area

Undertake a mapping train on the nation degree, sub-regional and regional ranges to establish gaps and inconsistencies in information safety and privateness measures adopted within the wake of the COVID-19 as a way to advocate for harmonization.

Develop a street map for the roll-back of problematic legal guidelines and practices and observe progress.

Members of AFEX: