The constitutional court handed down a significant judgment on this week, declaring that certain provisions of the infamous Regulation of Interception of Communications Act are unconstitutional.
In a landmark judgment handed down on Thursday, the constitutional court banned the South African state from bulk surveillance of online communication, preventing security agencies from hoovering up Internet data.
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The high court judgment has found sections of Rica to be unconstitutional and invalid, starting with the fact that the act does not prescribe a process for people to be informed about state surveillance.
South Africa’s Rica legislation, which governs the ability of the state to spy on the electronic communications of citizens, is unlawful, the high court in Johannesburg has ruled.
A case before the high court in Pretoria is set to have important implications for citizens’ privacy – and the ability of journalists to do their work without hindrance.
Shortly after 9/11, the South African government introduced measures to fight terrorism in the country, including a bill allowing the monitoring and interception of communications. It became the
The Sim card registration law, better known as Rica, has proven useful in helping police secure convictions with intercepted cellphone evidence, deputy justice minister Andries Nel said on Tuesday. “Increasingly, law enforcement officials
SA cellular operators are yet to provide details of how many subscribers were disconnected from their networks on Thursday night as the deadline arrived for consumers to register their Sim cards under the Regulation of
South Africans who do not have their Sim cards registered by the end of the day on Thursday will have their cellphone numbers deactivated. Rica is the Regulation of Interception of Communications Act, which