2009 Communications Act

Ripe for surveillance abuse – Unpacking Namibia’s SIM card registration limbo

Frederico Links Namibia is one of the last hold-outs on the African continent when it comes to mandatory SIM card registration, but indications are the country is now moving to officially operationalise such a system, even as the relevant sections of the enabling law remain in contention and state actors appear to be exploiting the partial legal vacuum. After more than a decade of foot-dragging, Namibian authorities now appear set on formally operationalising a mandatory SIM card registration regulatory mechanism, despite a legal quandary existing. The dilemma is that Part 6 (Interception of Telecommunications) of chapter five of Namibia’s Communications…
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