INFORMATION and Broadcasting Services Ministry Permanent Secretary Amos Malupenga has revealed that the cyber law will empower cyber security officers to monitor or inspect certain gadgets suspected to be used in committing cybercrime.
The Permanent Secretary cited smartphones, laptops and computers as some of the electronic gadgets that are going to be monitored by the cyber security officers.
He dismissed assertions made in certain quarters that the cyber law is aimed at spying on people.
The Permanent Secretary argued that if government intended to spy on certain people or individuals, the authority would have silently spied without announcing to the public.
Mr Malupenga said the propaganda of spying is being peddle by people who are against the Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes bill.
He said government was however just putting measures in place to ensure that the security and safety of all Zambians is enhanced.
Parliament on Tuesday passed the Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes bill and now the bill is awaiting President Edgar Lungu to consent to it, before it can be enacted into law.
And Mr Malupenga has called on the media to assist in carrying out mass public sensitisations on the contents of the Cyber Security and Cyber-Crimes bill.