Wednesday
May 22
2019

Africa’s Biggest Mobile Operator Is Struggling to Protect Its Users’ Digital Rights

By Abdi Latif Dahir

Information is the new currency we trade in today’s digital world. That’s why there’s increasing concern about who has control over our ability to get online, who can access our information, and how companies and governments should improve the right to privacy and freedom of expression.

A new study shows some of the world’s biggest communications companies are still lagging behind, inadequately informing users about how their data is collected, with whom it is shared, and why. The 2019 Ranking Digital Rights report shows, while there were some improvements from previous years, problems still persisted around securing user data, disclosures around policing online speech and how much authorities request to block content or to hand over user data.

Photo courtesy of Casey Dlott.

Source: Quartz Africa (link opens in a new window)

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Technology
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big data, data, digital inclusion, emerging markets, technology, telecommunications