At 09:08am GMT, today, 27th January, 2023, I received a text message from MTN Ghana, wishing me a "Happy Data Privacy Week!!".
It felt like a dreadful sick joke - adding to the woes of the daily struggle to survive in a period in which stagflation has caused an unprecedented cost-of-living crisis making it incredibly difficult for honest and law-abiding citizens to survive.
Surely, the time has now come to demand that the Ghanaian telco industry's well-funded lobbying entity, the Telecoms Chamber, and the sector government ministry overseeing it, put their feet down, and demand that all the telcos take immediate steps to stop the lucrative enforced-subscription scams, in which relatively small sums (which add up to zillions, every month, it ought to be pointed out, dear critical-reader), are deducted by all manner of sly-chancers (such as those providing caller-tunes for example), from their customers' digital mobile money wallets, without their permission: because those schemes aren't lawfully-binding third-party opt-in schemes in data-privacy-terms.
Enough, really is enough in this matter, oooo, Ghanafuo. The time has now come for MTN Ghana, which has strangely turned a blind eye to this abomination for far too long, to stop the cyber fraudsters stealing zillions from its customers, through illegal third-party enforced subscriptions, which in reality are grand online larceny schemes, unlawfully enriching criminal 'service providers' engaged in racketeering and wire-fraud, oooo. Yooooooo...