The Impact of Spam and Privacy Concerns on Electronic Communication Users in Cameroon

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Year : 2022 | Volume : | Issue : 1 | Page : 12-19
By

    Enow Godwill Baiye

  1. Ph.D, English Private Law, University of Dschang, Cameroon, Central Africa

Abstract

This article is centered on spams and the violation of the right to privacy under Cameroonian electronic laws. The results of this work shows that spams have undoubtedly become a major source of violation of the right to privacy in Cameroon. This is attributed firstly, to the general and sparsely nature of the laws in this domain. Secondly, the lukewarm attitudes of electronic communication users who careless about such messages, gives spammers the opportunity to constantly send such messages with no fear of been punished by the law. From our findings, it was recommended that the 2010 cyber law that has existed for 12 years should be revised as it sparely addressed the issue of spam. Also, more resources should be put at the disposal of ANTIC to enable them combat this digital evil. Electronic communication users should take the bull by the horn by enforcing their rights against spammers.

Keywords: Spam, spammers, privacy, users, cybercrimes, electronic communication

[This article belongs to National Journal of Cyber Security Law(njcsl)]

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Regular Issue Open Access Article
Volume 5
Issue 1
Received August 17, 2022
Accepted August 29, 2022
Published September 7, 2022