ISPs counting the cost of ‘big brother’ law

7 Aug 2007

The Interception of Communications Act was signed into law by Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe on 3 August, enabling the government to intercept phone calls, e-mails and faxes with the declared aim of protecting national security. Internet service providers are now reportedly facing financial difficulties as a result of the bill, because of the costs of installing monitoring equipment on their platforms. Under the law ISPs have to meet the costs themselves.