6 Feb 2018


Frederico Links


Democracy Report Special Briefings



Tackling Cybersecurity/Crime in Namibia

Calling for a Human Rights Respecting Framework

Namibia’s government seems to be in the final stages of refining a draft cybercrime and electronic transactions bill. The first draft elicited an outcry from civil society when it was first published in early 2017, as it contained potentially problematic provisions.

This paper outlines the issues with the bill – which includes language that could be used to hamper free speech on the internet as well as language that can be interpreted as allowing for warrant-less surveillance. It outlines amendments that should be made, and calls for an approach to cybersecurity that respects human rights.