By Devota Mwachang’a
USERS of social media in Tanzania have been urged to stop blaming Police force in handling the cases reported concerning the Cybercrime, since there are no better principles in managing the cyber law.
A call was made by, Jamii Media Co Limited Managing Director Maxence Melo Mubyazi at the sideline of the seminar dubbed ‘Engagement on intermediary liability and data protection’ which organized by JamiiForums in collaboration with International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) held on Thursday in Dar es Salaam.
Melo, who is also Jamii Media Co Limited's co-founder told journalists that it is high time for the security organs to protect users of the social media by giving them guidelines on publishing their views instead of banning them.
“The Police force has no problem on this but the laws itself which guide social networks, let’s forget on blaming the police, but rather focus on amending the laws to find the solutions,” he said.
However, the seminar brings together stakeholders from ICT, Innovators, Police and others to discuss on cyber law related issues including women's rights in social networks and consideration of human rights in social networks.
On his part, Dawson Msongaleli from the Police Force Cybercrime Unit admitted that lack of the principle in management of cybercrime is a major challenge, which requires immediate action to get its solution.
Msongaleli said privacy and security of information/data for social network users are two factors that confusing. “It is not easy to deal with the privacy and security of the data simultaneously, in working on between the two one should be left aside.”
According to him, people lack awareness on the cybercrime, approximately 2million people have the knowledge out of 22 million users of internet in Tanzania, victims of cybercrime are many for instance in 2015 about 1.5bn/- stolen via social network because they are not aware using the Information Communication Technology.
One of the stakeholders, Chambi Chachage recomends the use of “fake-names” when someone wants give opinion in social networks.
"I realized the importance of using non-real names in social networks as it helps to bring you the best ideas. I personally benefited from the use of fake names, has made me a member of JamiiForums for 10years now” he said.