INSIGHT ON THE 2020 ELECTRONIC AND POSTAL COMMUNICATIONS (ONLINE CONTENT) REGULATIONS

Published by ANWAAR M. KATAKWEBA

The 2020 Electronic and Postal Communications (Online Content) Regulations join a myriad of laws governing the use of media content in the country. The Regulations have raised intense deliberations over the new limitations imposed on online content service providers, compulsory licensing requirements and the mandate given to the authority to deal with violators.
WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW
The regulations set strict compliance standards and oversight mechanisms for all online content service providers with a design meant to protect personal interests and limit the misuse of online services.
Licensing is now mandatory, for all news and entertainment providers, broadcasting service providers and sources of religious and educative content.
All those wishing to apply for licenses should make applications to the Tanzania Communication Regulatory authority (TCRA) accompanied with all requisite documentation, including application forms, copies of incorporation or registration certificates, and identity cards are some of the requirements listed in the act.
The regulations have also highlighted key responsibilities of the licensees. Including provision of safe, legal, and secure content and restrictions on prohibited content. All violators of the regulations shall be guilty of an offence and shall, upon conviction be subject to fines or imprisonment.
Presently, all those whose rights have been violated can report such incidents to the national communications authority through their complaint platforms. And the authority shall decide what measure to undertake including public apologies, and imposition of fines or removal of the content.
The regulations have addressed an important aspect of the current society’s lifestyle since formerly there were no concise limitations on the use of online content, however measures should be taken so as to set out clear provisions on what specific offence amounts to a violation of the regulations and to curb the misuse and abuse of online content.

Access to the above discussed laws can be obtained below.
The Electronic and postal communications (online content) Regulations of 2020 https://www.tcra.go.tz/document/The%20Electronic%20and%20Postal%20Communications%20(Online%20Content)%20Regulations,%202020
The Cybercrimes Act of 2015
http://parliament.go.tz/polis/uploads/bills/1447077082-THE%20CYBERCRIMES%20ACT.pdf