Field Study into Perceptions of the Right to Privacy in Zimbabwe

This research is based on the right to privacy perception study undertaken in Zimbabwe. The report makes the finding that although enshrined in the Zimbabwean Constitution, privacy rights are still far from being protected and are being infringed by people in positions of authority. This is attributable to their vague understanding of citizens’ privacy rights and the power relations of those in authority and citizens. The report therefore recommends further research and advocacy aimed at raising the level of awareness and enhancing the capacity of both the citizens and policy makers on privacy issues relating to digital technologies, alignment of laws and practice with the constitution, and introduction of punitive measures in the law as a way of enforcing rights. Further research and advocacy is therefore recommended to specifically address issues relating to communications, use of electronic gadgets and the Internet as highlighted by the results. [We could not post the full report here due to its size, but you can request for to by writing to intlo@hrforumzim.com

Design and development supported by HURIDOCS.