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>> As the authorities in the US and Britain investigate alleged misuse of personal data on Facebook, the same level of scrutiny would be unlikely in most of Africa. It's a continent of 1 billion people, seen by tech companies as the next frontier for Internet connectivity. But according to one rights group, some 30 African nations have no data protection laws.
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So many Africans wouldn't even know their privacy could be at risk.>> It's the wild wild west right now. Any click could be any up to x number of companies getting information about you. That personality quiz you took, that little game you played online, is you being used to collect data about you.
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>> Cambridge Analytica, the firm at the center of the Facebook data allegations over the US election, also worked on African elections, including Kenya's presidential poll last year. And as Reuters' Alexis Akwagyiram reports, there are many more votes coming up>> There are elections in South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, and next year in February, here in Nigeria.
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The fear is that on a mass scale without any privacy laws or accountability, some people, agencies, organizations will be able to harvest data of people and use it to try and influence voters.>> Right now there is a little sign of African governments acting to protect personal data.
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All citizens can do is turn up their privacy settings.