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June 1, 2004

And you thought Gmail was a privacy nightmare!

Posted 3 years, 3 months ago on June 1, 2004
If you are one of the legion who think that Gmail is a privacy nightmare, then just be glad that you don't live in Zimbabwe.

According to a report by BBC News, the government of Zimbabwe has introduced a proposal which would require Zimbabwean ISPs to report email which is deemed to be "offensive or dangerous".

In a country where it is illegal to "undermine the authority of the president", to "engender hostility" towards him, or to make abusive, obscene or false statements against him, this is concerning indeed.

According to the BBC report, "President Robert Mugabe has suggested the internet, [which is] widely developed in Zimbabwe, is a tool of colonialists," and last year he "described the internet as a tool used by "a few countries... in quest of global dominance and hegemony". "

Of course, it may be that Google is one of those countries but really, in the grand scheme of things, we have it pretty good here.




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