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Sure, you can reject an app or platform's Privacy Policy, Terms of Use, and Terms & Conditions, H
 
September 27 · Issue #72 · View online
iAfrikan Daily Brief
Sure, you can reject an app or platform’s Privacy Policy, Terms of Use, and Terms & Conditions, However, what other app or platform can you replace it with that has terms that are more suitable? - Tefo Mohapi

I used to be one of those people that would advocate that people should read the Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions of every app and platform they decide to use. This was mainly because, deep inside those legal agreements (yes, they are legal agreements as you have to opt-in and give consent) are some clauses that violate your privacy and give the company in charge the greenlight to abuse the data they collect on you.
I have since stopped encouraging people to read them. Not because they shouldn’t read them, but because I have come to realise it is somewhat futile.
When you get a chance, watch the documentary "Terms and Conditions may apply" on Netflix. It details how buried inside the agreements you tick before joining many apps and platforms, are worrying privacy violations.
I say it is futile because if you look closely, there really are very few, if any, alternatives to the major apps and platforms we use. Not only that, there are very few alternatives that also don’t violate our privacy. As if the limited options are not enough to make you feel helpless, once you find a useful alternative that also doesn’t violate your privacy (e.g. using Signal instead of WhatsApp), you discover that not many people you need to connect with are using your new alternative app.
What we have is subtle coercion.
I was reminded of this when looking into how aid organisations, without any explanations, collect the biometric data of refugees in need who have just fled their countries. These are refugees who are in some cases, in dire need of health care, shelter, security, and food. To be able to access these services and aid, they “give consent” for their biometric data to be collected and they are in most cases not even aware what such data will be used for in the future.
We need to build a new and better Internet, this one we have now has turned us into prisoners, always under surveillance.
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Mteto Nyati knew years ago as a schoolboy in Mthatha, South Africa working behind the counter at his mother’s trading store, that he wanted to fix and build things. After completing his studies in Mechanical Engineering at Natal University, he turned down a Rhodes scholarship and headed for Johannesburg to take up a position at Afrox. He was the only black engineer and the sole advice he received from his superiors was ‘don’t mess up’. He didn’t.
Today Nyati is one of South Africa’s top CEOs, having steered Microsoft South Africa and MTN South Africa out of troubled times. He is currently guiding the transition of Altron from a family business, started at the height of apartheid, into a high-performing international IT company with a social conscience.
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In conclusion here is a passage from the book:
“When I look back, I know with certainty there are many things I should not have done. But they are part of me, part of who I have become, and they have a place in the context of my life. They are reminders that mistakes can be built on, that journeys are filled with learning and the right path, whatever ‘right’ may mean to you, is often a step away,“ - Mteto Nyati, Betting on a Darkie
 
Enjoy the read. Ndzalo Mpangana
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