In a petition filed on February 12, 2021, the Unwanted Witness wants the court to among other orders, restrain the government of Uganda and internet service providers from future arbitrary and unjustified internet shutdowns
According to Chris Kalema, the lead Technologist at Unwanted Witness, the Civil society is concerned about how the prolonged social media restriction is driving Ugandans to use VPNs which come with a lot of data manipulation risks.
“Using VPNs in our daily lives creates an addiction but they siphon our data in form of names, addresses to do behavioral analytics for marketing and profiling. This information is transferred to third party users or the makers without the users’ consent”, says Chris Kalema, the Lead Technologist at Unwanted Witness.
As we commemorate International Data Privacy Day, the government of Uganda has to expedite the enactment of Data Protection and Privacy regulations for effective enforcement of the Data Protection and Privacy Act 2019
The use of Biometric machines was introduced in the 2016 general elections but the machines largely failed to work and the Electoral Commission (EC) which is the electoral body resorted to manual verification of voters using a voters’ register.
When a country like Uganda is aiming at becoming a middle income economy and wants to anchor the growth on its information and communication sector, Internet shutdowns send all the wrong signals to investors and consumers.
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