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Friday, 26 July, 2019
Quote of the week
"The magnitude of the $5 billion penalty and sweeping conduct relief are unprecedented in the history of the FTC. The relief is designed not only to punish future violations but, more importantly, to change Facebook’s entire privacy culture to decrease the likelihood of continued violations. The commission takes consumer privacy seriously, and will enforce FTC orders to the fullest extent of the law."
- FTC chairman Joe Simons
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Joburg prepaid electricity users left in the dark as City Power crippled by computer virus
By midday, Thursday 25th July, the news was that Johannesburg residents are still unable to purchase the prepaid electricity, and City Power was apologising profusely for the inconvenience.
The internet disturbances experienced by City Power resulted in residents unable to purchase prepaid electricity. It is alleged that a computer virus caused a blackout to the Citi Power internet technology system. The virus has also prevented those who had already bought their electricity from uploading it to their meter boxes. It was reported that the City Power website was also affected by the virus. This is a security breach on the part of internet connectivity, and needs to be addressed urgently.
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Facebook is facing the wrath of the regulators in relation to it’s breaching of the privacy of internet users. As civil society, we need to be aware of the internet rights to privacy and security.
The Five Billion Dollar fine forces Facebook executives to deeply consider the decisions they make and examine them if they are subject to meaningful oversight. This is a call for accountability in decision-making regarding privacy.
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