Macra takes 'spy machine' ban to Supreme Court

Monday 29 October 2012 | 12:59 CET | News
The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) will go the the Supreme Court to challenge a High Court ruling stopping Macra from implementing the Consolidated ICT Regulatory Management Systems (CIRMS), locally known as the 'spy machine'. Director General Charles Nsaliwa told The Sunday Times that Macra remains resolved to deploy CIRMS, saying it is purely aimed at telecoms service quality control. He said the notice of appeal has already been filed at the Supreme Court. The court is yet to set dates for the start of hearing of the case.

The High Court had said Macra has no mandate, powers or jurisdiction to implement CIRMS. Concerned citizens Eric Sabwera and Hophmally Makande had taken the matter to the High Court to challenge the use of CIRMS to monitor and analyse all telecommunication traffic. They also challenged the directive by Macra that all operators should provide it with subscriber call records. They said this was unreasonable, not backed by any law and would infringe upon their constitutional right to privacy.

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