ZICTA says monitoring calls impossible in Zambia

The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) says members of the public should not worry about their phone conversations because that no mobile service provider has the capacity to monitor phone calls even after sim card registration.

ZICTA Deputy Director General Magarette Chalwe Mudenda said it was important that fears of deprivation of privacy be dispelled as sim registration is only meant to create a database that will help in quality service delivery.

She was speaking during a ZICTA workshop for theParliamentary Committee on Information and Communication

She further said ZICTA has deliberately not set the deadline for sim registration as it still wants to access the response from the public.

And reacting to a concerns raised by Senga Hills Member of Parliament Kapembwa Simbao who wanted to know how old people who do not have national registration cards will register their card, Ms. Mudenda said ZICTA will issue a directive to mobile phone service providers to apply the same criteria used for minors.

Meanwhile, ZICTA Head of Information and Consumer Protection Katwamba Mwansa revealed that 48 out of 52 African countries had already done sim registration by October last year.

Mr. Mwansa explained that the exercise was meant to protect members of the public by helping in tracking criminals.

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