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What's happening with digital privacy in South Africa?

I had a horrible telemarketing experience the other day. I didn't blog it - because there's not much point in using this platform to just bitch. Saffers have got Hello Peter for that.

But I got a really interesting customer feedback response from one of the parties involved - and now I have to ask the question. What is going on with digital privacy in this country? Cellphones and emails stream almost instantaneously into our lives these days, and they're getting a little intrusive.

Allow me to explain.

1. Received a call from Elite Mobile at 6pm. It was a telemarketer. 6pm is too late in my opinion.

2. This was the second call in a couple of months. I had asked to be unsubscribed.

3. They introduced themselves in that telemarketer speak as "Vodacom's biggest dealer" or "direct dealer". I forget.

4. I asked how they came by my details and was shocked to hear the response - a random dialer.

5. I immediately confirmed who I was speaking to and asked again not…

Long time no post...

Wow. It's been a long, long time since I've done a post. My humble apologies. Life, as they say, she is crazy. I do try keep my Twitter stream as updated as possible. You should always be able to catch me there.

Otherwise, a couple of things on my mind that deserve a post shortly...

1. Telemarketers. Driving me nuts.

2. Opt out. Driving me nuts. You would think South Africans would take this more seriously. I have a lovely PiggsPeak example that is awaiting interested lawyer.

3. Niche communities. Becoming more and more convinced that this is the future. The noise out there on the InterWeb is deafening. And from the looks of it, FaceBook still isn't making money. Public Service Social Networking. It's the next big thing.

4. iPod Touch 32 gig. A piece of wonderment. Recently won one - and have been hitting the App Store with a vengeance. The combination iPod Touch and E71 just works for me. I can get my geek fill of gadgets and miniscule life span application on the iPod tou…