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Zimbabwe's Data Protection Act (DPA) formally came into effect on December 3, 2021. First presented as the Cybersecurity and Data Protection Bill in May 2020, the legislation went through multiple rounds of deliberations, modifications, and debates.
The DPA applies to all such processing and storage activities concerning personal data, where the means used, whether electronic or otherwise, are located in Zimbabwe, and such processing and storage is not for the purposes of mere transit of data through Zimbabwe.
The DPA designates the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority in Zimbabwe as the ‘Data Protection Authority’ under the Act, which is responsible for regulating the implementation of the DPA’s provisions.
The DPA places stringent obligations upon data controllers and processors to ensure the protection of the personal information of data subjects. The DPA, amongst other things, obligates data controllers and processors to adopt appropriate technical and organizational measures that are necessary to protect data from negligent or unauthorized destruction, negligent loss, unauthorized alteration or access, and any other unauthorized processing of the data.
In the event a data controller or their representative, agent, or assignee contravenes the DPA in respect of the processing of sensitive information, specified duties of the data controller, appropriate technical and organizational measures to be implemented, compliance with the principles and obligations set out in the DPA, or transfer of personal data outside Zimbabwe, they shall be liable to a fine not exceeding level 11 (ZWL$ 400,000) or imprisonment for a period not exceeding seven years or both.
Securiti empowers all organizations to ensure compliance with each provision of Zimbabwe's Data Protection Act with the help of its plethora of products, which include, but are not limited to, AI-driven data discovery, DSR automation, universal consent management, autonomous documented accountability, data breach management, vendor risk assessment.
Each of the solutions mentioned above is backed up by state-of-the-art artificial intelligence and machine-learning-based algorithms, making Securiti a market leader in providing data compliance and governance solutions.
Request a demo today to learn how Securiti can aid you and your organization's compliance with Zimbabwe's DPA.
Sections 14(b), 31(2)(c)(iv), 31(2)(c)(vii)
Automate the entire process related to fulfilling consumer data access requests and gain real-time updates on the status of each request via the central dashboard.
Sections 13(f), 14(d)
Automate all data rectification requests and gain real-time updates on their progress via the central dashboard.
Sections 13(f), 14(e)
Automate all data erasure requests and monitor their real-time updates via the central dashboard.
Automate the framework for catering to all objections and restrictions of data processing requests and simultaneously monitor their real-time updates via the central dashboard.
Sections 10, 11, 12, 31(2)(c)(vii)
Ensure compliance with the DPA's consent-related provisions across all major data processing activities by monitoring users' consent status via the central dashboard. Doing so allows organizations to prevent any processing, or potential transfer, sharing, or selling of data to third parties unless explicitly consented to by the users.
Sections 7, 8, 9, 13, 24
Automate regular internal assessments of various internal data-related activities and mechanisms to evaluate their effectiveness and make appropriate adjustments accordingly. Doing so ensures that any potential gaps and blindspots are identified and addressed swiftly.
Automate data breach response notifications to all concerned stakeholders as soon as legally obliged by leveraging a knowledge database on security incident diagnosis and response.
Sections 7(3), 17, 28, 29
Keep track of all the organization's third-party vendors' data processing activities in real-time to ensure their data processing practices in relation to the data shared with them comply with the applicable legal requirements.
Sections 10, 11, 12
Automate your organization's entire cookie consent management to ensure all cookies used across the data infrastructure comply with the legal requirements.
Sections 15, 16
A data subject is entitled to the following rights with respect to the processing of their personal data:
At Securiti, our mission is to enable enterprises to safely harness the incredible power of data and the cloud by controlling the complex security, privacy and compliance risks.
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