Levi Kabwato's blog

Voluntary Tech Servitude

I’m one of the many Android users who recently installed the Blackberry Messenger (BBM) application on their phone. Big deal. Doing this as I did, however, on the day Germany and Brazil were introducing a draft resolution on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age at the UN General Assembly, I found myself confronting some critical questions.

The BBM app — as is the case with most apps — is uncompromising about what it intends to do once it is on your device. It will “modify or delete the contents of your USB storage” and map your “precise GPS location”.

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