Online spying: SA far worse than US
In terms of both legislation and practical reality, South Africans have faced far closer scrutiny of their private communication than US citizens. Americans are shocked and outraged at revelations that their government is vacuuming up information about their phone conversations and internet browsing habits, but compared to South Africans, they have little to worry about. According to exposés by the Guardian and Washington Postover the past week, the US government’s intelligence apparatus has “direct access” – or a close equivalent – to the systems of major internet service providers.
Which, as it happens, is very much the reality in South Africa. Telecommunications specialist lawyer Mike Silber, who serves on various boards and bodies related to the communications industry, said South Africans faced a similar level of intrusive surveillance – possibly worse.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at My Broadband