Members of the Right2Know Campaign are protesting outside the Vodacom offices in Umhlanga demanding an end to what it believes are Rica spying abuses and calling for data costs to be slashed.
The group says this is the first step in a new phase of their campaign which will target all network operators as well as government.
Speaking to Ray White on The Midday Report, Right2Know Provincial campaigns organiser Lazola Kati said research has found that customers are receiving unsolicited calls and messages from political parties and private companies - and the increase seems to correlate with the introduction of Rica laws to provide ID numbers and other personal details.
Rica was introduced as a law to bring crime down. However, what we found is that not only have they gone higher but all citizens are getting all sorts of SMS from political parties, private companies, insurance companies, where people call you and ask you to confirm your ID number. And this has gone extremely high since Rica has come up.— Lazola Kati, Right2Know Provincial campaigns organiser
Network providers should play a part in keeping citizen's information safe, she says, and should not be given to second and third parties.
We want the service providers to also take a stand.— Lazola Kati, Right2Know Provincial campaigns organiser
Listen below to the full interview: