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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

ACSIS president wants sanctions for erring tech giants in Africa – ITREALMS

The President of the African Civil Society on the Information Society (ACSIS), Dr. Cisse Kane has called on African leaders to leverage technology by ensuring that erring industry giants on the continent are sanctioned as obtainable in other parts of the world, reports ITREALMS.

Speaking at the opening business and civil society forum on Monday at the week-long Africa eCommerce Week in Nairobi, Kenya, Dr. Kane lamented that despite violation by some technology giants lately, without any reactions from any African leaders or governments.

According to him, technology laws as it pertain to consumers, for instance, is not much difference when it comes to Africa, so he does not get it when African consumers are exploited by international technology companies without any representation from the continent’s leaders.

Those largely affected by this lack of concern are the youth and women.

ITREALMS recalled that a few weeks ago, Brussels, headquarters the European Union (EU), had warned Facebook it will face sanctions unless it changes what the European commission calls its “misleading” terms and conditions.

As said by the EU commissioner-in-charge of consumer protection, Věra Jourová, EU had run out of patience with the social network technology company, after nearly two years of discussions aimed at giving Facebook’s European users more information about how their data is used, declaring “Progress is not enough for me, I want to see results.”

Facebook has been given until the end of this year, 2018, to change its terms of service, as EU insisted, “Facebook will face sanctions from national authorities. They will look into sanctions after the new year in case they do not see sufficient progress.”

For him, sanctions on some of the international technology firms will help in supporting youth innovation in Africa.

The Africa eCommerce Week is hosted until Friday, December 15, 2018 by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development at the conference centre of the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya.

Remmy Nweke in Nairobi/ED Ops

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