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C M Y K 26—Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018 Cambridge Analytica: Facebook warns Nigerians to manage apps, control access to data By Prince Osuagwu Facebook has officially released the correct number of Nigerian users their data were accessed by Cambridge Analytica. This is as it warns that users should manage apps that they use and control access to the data those apps can see. Since the scandal of Cambridge Analytica’s alleged processing of user’s data for electoral manipulations broke out, several figures have been bandied on social media and other platforms about the number of Nigerian users Cambridge Analytica had access to their data. Facebook has officially confirmed that about 78 Nigerian users were directly involved as they installed the app provided by Cambridge Analytica while 271,469 users were potentially impacted in Nigeria because they are friends to those who would have installed the app elsewhere in the world. However, a facebook spokesperson who pleaded anonymity has warned Nigerians to manage the apps they use to forestall future occurrence. “We want to encourage people to manage the apps they use. We already show people what apps their accounts are connected to and control what data they’ve permitted those apps to use through app settings. We are putting a link at the top of people’s News Feeds to make sure that everyone sees it. Furthermore, it’s important for us to tell people if and how their data may have been accessed via This Is Your Digital Life," he added. He revealed that Facebook is taking numerous measures. One of those being that everyone globally on their Facebook page will see an alert leading them to the apps setting where they can review the apps they’ve allowed access to their data. Additionally, those potentially impacted by CA will also see the alert that will take them to see what data might have been shared. Apparently to increase transparency, accountability and maybe prevent election interference, Facebook also announced changes to the way advertisements are managed both on its platform and on Instagram. Vice-President in charge of Ads at facebook, Rob Goldman and his counterpart for Local & Pages, Alex Himel, said Facebook has realised that users hardly know who or where advertisements on the platform are coming from and therefore has decided to correct that mistake. They said: “We believe that when you visit a Page or see an ad on Facebook, it should be clear who it’s coming from. We also think it’s important for people to be able to see the other ads a Page is running, even if they’re not directed at you. How continued unsolicited messages destroy telecom sector growth •Subscribers call for tougher measures •As NCC’s DND code fails to tame monster •Regulator vows to reform N72bn VAS sector, protect subscribers’ privacy By Prince Osuagwu (Hi Tech Editor) & Tare Youdeowei The issue of unsolicited mes sages from telecom opera tors to subscribers has become a recurrent decimal in the Nigerian telecom sector. However, the regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, appears torn between protecting the N72 billion value added service, VAS, sector and that of subscribers’ privacy. While the commission admits that there are challenges of VAS operators flooding the networks with all kinds of product offering that most consumers may not be interested in, it also considers that Value Added Service is an important element of the telecom ecosystem necessary for optimising the benefits of telecom service to the consumers. The commission believes that “despite its challenges, the VAS segment is a hub for job creation and a huge revenue spinner for the industry. In 2016, VAS market was valued at N72 billion ($200 million) but it is estimated to grow to $500 million in the next five years.” Nevertheless, Nigerians are at the mercy of the operators with incessant unsolicited text messages, annoying mobile adverts and unwarranted short code calls, among other forms of VAS can be likened to a lady forced to listen to a suitor’s advances. Some of these come in droves, most times, draining the battery power level of the phone, unsettling and distracting subscribers from legitimate duties or actions. From subscribers’ account, operators have even devised a new method of automatically subscribing users into some of the costly VAS services without their consent. These services that are charged either weekly or monthly at grossly high rates, take a toll on the financial power of the subscribers and in turn, tell on the Average Revenue Per User, ARPU. According to subscribers, all the telcos are guilty of this and seem not to regret it at all. President of National Association of Telecom Subscribers, NATCOMS, Chief Deolu Ogubanjo, said that the issue of unsolicited VAS messages has remained a hydra-headed monster that the regulator must find a way to tackle. He said that despite all the efforts of the regulator, the operators still defy the directive and do their usual thing. He, however, advocated heavy sanctions to send strong signals that the operator meant business in protecting the rights of subscribers. For him, “telecommunications service providers do not deactivate unsolicited messages when subscribers send STOP to the code provided. Even when that is done, operators still charge for sending the messages and continue sending the unsolicited messages. He added that “until heavy sanctions are meted on the operators, that is when we can have some peace.” At the 83rd Telecom Consumer Parliament recently in Lagos, subscribers also expressed frustration at the situation they said have defied all measures and asked the NCC to come up with tougher method of compelling the telcos to comply with the rules of engagement. One of the subscribers, Joseph Igbu, warned the regulator that treating the telcos with kid gloves over the issue of forcing unwanted VAS services on subscribers can conveniently erode the growth trajectories of the Nigerian telecom sector and tarnish the integrity the commission has earned over the years. He complained that “a situation where a subscriber is not allowed to opt out of a service he inadvertently subscribed to should be seen and regarded as unethical. That is the situation most subscribers in Nigeria currently find themselves in.” Another subscriber, who narrated a similar story, said he has been losing airtime daily to the services he cannot remember subscribing to. He said all attempts to reach his operator to resolve the abnormality have also failed. “My service provider has continued to deduct my airtime almost on a daily basis. This is despite subscribing to the ‘Do not Disturb’ service being offered by the NCC,” he said. Meanwhile, if the rules and regulations in the sector were to be complied with, the issue of unsolicited messages should have been a thing of the past, considering that the NCC since 2016, directed all operators to activate a short code, 2442, through which subscribers can opt-in to a database that would enable them register their numbers against unsolicited messages. The commission was later to put force behind the directive by declaring that any operator found to violate the DND service directive will pay as much These services that are charged either weekly or monthly at grossly high rates, take a toll on the financial power of the subscribers and in turn, tell on the Average Revenue Per User, ARPU Continues on page 29

MOBILE MARKET with Tare / 0806 713 4677 Trending stylus devices this week Infinix Note 4 Pro With 4G LTE, 3G and GSM networks all enabled, Android 7 Nougat operating system and dual micro-Sim, Infinix Note 4 PRO sold at Yudala stores is 159.6 x 78.8 x 8.3 mm in size, weighs 200g, has a display size of 5.7 inches and sensors; fingerprint, accelerometer, proximity, light, gyroscope, orientation and magnetometer. The smart phone also comes in a metallic body for durability and varied colours to suit your style, champagne gold, sandstone black, prussian blue and lilac gray. For pro- cess- ing, the Note 4 has a 64- bit Octa-Core 1.3 GHz Cortex A53, 3 GB random access memory, 32 GB internal storage which can be expanded to 128 GB. For images and videos, camera capacity is 13 mega- pixels with auto-focus and dual-colour LED flash, and 8 megapixels front facing camera with XCharge 4.0 fast charging to power its 4,500 mAh battery and keep users constantly connected. It is available from N80,000. Vanguard, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018 — 27 LG opens free laundry hub in Lagos By Tare Youdeowei In its bid to alleviate the difficulty attached to getting clean water and power to efficiently carry out laundry by the people of Ogba and environs in Ikeja, LG Electronics recently inaugurated a free laundry service. The service tagged Life’s Good with LG Wash is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility program for the year designed to help people, homes and the community, meet their laundry needs. Speaking on the company’s drive at the event which held at LG show- room, Executive Vice- President, LG Electronics, Mr. Choong Hak Lee, said: “As a global company, LG Electronics is using its capabilities to help local communities all over the world by solving some issues. In this regard, I hope that Life’s Good with LG Wash will help make things more convenient and lives more comfortable. I hope it will bring more spare time and comfort to residents. LG Electronics will continue to support communities even in the future. “The laundry cabin, which is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities designed to serve over 50 people per day and will operate on a daily basis from morning till evening. The facility contains several LG washing machines, dryers, air conditioning units, uninterrupted power supply, constant supply of water among others, to ensure the facility operates seamlessly,” Lee enthused. Commending LG’s effort, Managing Director, Fouani Nigeria Ltd, Mr. Mohammed Fouani, said: “This is what I call truly giving back to the society, because the real beneficiaries of this project are the masses, I believe they will take advantage of this initiative by LG Electronics." LG Stylus 3 “The stylus slides nicely into the body of the Stylus 3 and the phone can detect when the pen is in and out of its frame. Slide the stylus out and a circular pen icon will appear on screen – give it a tap and you’ll get a few shortcuts to drawing and note taking applications allowing you to wield the power of the pen almost instantly. “If you opt to write, the Stylus 3 can detect the angle you are using the stylus for realistic handwriting on-screen. It also features ‘palm rejection’ allowing you to rest your hand on the screen while you write without the phone freaking out from the additional presence of your palm,” so says Techrader in its re- Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Sold for N290,000 at Slot stores across the nation, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 runs on an Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) operating system, carries 4G LTE network capacity, has a bold 6.3 inches screen size, is fitted wtih an Octa-core processor, boasts of a massive 6GB RAM, hence rapid processing speed for extensive use and has a whooping 64GB internal memory. Its cameras are 12 MP front and back with autofocus, 2x optical zoom and dual LED flash. Battery capacity is 3,300 mAh, which is relatively small compared to its peers however; it comes with super fast charging. However, there is no finger print sensor on this device. view of the smart pen enabled device. Generally, the device which is credited for being sought after due to its “longlasting battery life, fast response stylus Pen-pop scanner, capture plus, quick memo and excellent camera performance that gives true to life colours,” LG Stylus comes highly recommended by users. Selling from N73,000, this device comes designed with a 5.7inch HD screen, Octa-Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Android 7.0 Nougat operating system,2GB RAM,16GB ROM expandable to 128GB with a memory card, 13 and 8megapixel cameras and 3,200mAh battery that translates to two days extensive phone usage. FREE LAUNDRY: From left:Corporate Marketing Manager, West Africa Operations, Mr. Hari Elluru; Managing Director, West Africa Operations, Mr. Taeick Son; Managing Director , Fouani Nigeria Ltd, Mr. Mohammed Fouani; Executive Vice-President, Business Support Officer, Mr. Choong Hak Lee and Vice- President, Mr. Dae Sik Yoon, all of LG Electronics during the commissioning of LG Electronics' free laundry service at LG Showroom in Ogba, Lagos. How continued unsolicited messages... Continues from page 28 as N500,000. Yet, the constant invasion of subscribers’ phones by telcos is still a present reality. In fact, a telco who wouldn’t want his name in print told Hi- Tech that the same way subscribers are complaining over VAS messages is same way operators are complaining to the regulator over the incursion of the Over the Top, OTT mobile operators into their licensed areas of services. He challenged the regulator to address all the problems holistically to create balance in the sector. The regulator at the consumer parliament promised to reform the VAS sector to maximise its potentials and also ensure that operators respect the rules of engagement. Executive Vice-Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, said that VAS could be very useful and provide services that may interest consumers and assist online and offline entrepreneurs to reach customers, particularly on the mobile markets both to advertise and to sell their products and services. He, however, noted that with the challenges, the Commission therefore deems it fit to find a balance between enabling the opportunities that the VAS providers offer to some consumers, mitigating the challenges or inconvenience they could Jumia Food bets on new app to better user experience By Tare Youdeowei Jumia Food, an online food delivery platform, has announced the launch of a new application that will revolutionise online food delivery in Nigeria. The new version promises a better user experience, allowing customers to slide across menu categories with improved designs. Speaking on the development, Joe Falter, Jumia Food CEO said: “We are committed to delivering the best digital services to our customers, while guaranteeing speedy delivery of food to your locations. Improving our App is part of our 2018 agenda to increase affordability and convenience in the food ordering process. “The new App, with a 35% constitute to other consumers. He warned operators that a good value added service concept offered to the wrong market is as good as a wrong concept, and so, they needed to invest more in analysing subscribers to know what they want. share of traffic, will further improve online payment flow, as well as the chat function; allowing customers to ask questions about Jumia Food restaurants to customer service. Orders via desktops and laptops still take the lead with 40%, while the iOS App takes 25% across all African countries,” Falter disclosed. On his part, Managing Director, Jumia Food Nigeria, Olamide Bada, described the new App as “a much-needed development for catering to our customers’ increasing demands. There are over 246 active restaurants registered on the App in Nigeria.The Android App is available for download while the iOS version will be launched mid April.”