So last week there was a rush to publicise a website called myzimvote.com which one could use to see if they are registered to vote.
Sounds noble right? Like it makes life simply for many people. They can just put their ID number into some box and runs a query and hey-presto, you know whether you re registered to vote.
For some reason we just failed to publicise this site, until we started wondering:
Where did they get all that information from?
Who sanctioned it, i.e. who gave it to them?
How does a random organisation have a database of every single person on the voters’ role?
You see what it means is that if someone knows your ID number they can simply use the system to gain information about you is available. There is no security wall preventing random checks. So even if it was sanctioned by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission – which it hasn’t – then it is an identity thief’s paradise.
Some think just because you simply enter an ID number there is no risk. Well, an ID number opens a lot of doors. If the person knows you are registered to vote, where you are registered, they know where you stay -proof of residence remember – where you come from, among other things. At the end of the day, they can have fun with your identity.
Alarmingly, there is nowhere on the website where they say that they will not share your information with anyone. So essentially that database could be sold to the highest bidder.
Why are our people not afraid?