JOHANNESBURG – SOME 390 South African mobile content and application providers have committed themselves to upholding the Code of Conduct of the Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association (WASPA).
WASPA first introduced a Code of Conduct to regulate the then emerging mobile content and applications industry in 2004.
“From a loose collection of like-minded firms wanting to offer increased choice to the mobile consumer, the sector is today an important contributor to South Africa’s vibrant cellular industry.
“Our members are prolific producers of apps and the interesting content that makes them appealing to well over 35 million cellular consumers,” said said James McNab, Chair of WASPA’s Code of Conduct Working Group.
He said the Version 14.6 of the WASPA Code of Conduct remained a “living” document in step with the latest mobile developments.
“It has been updated and fine-tuned several times to better protect the mobile consumer and the result is a world-leading document of which the local industry can be justly proud.”
Provisions relating to how mobile content and services may be advertised, for example, are vigorously enforced.
According to WASPA, the Code is aligned with the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (ECTA), the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) and the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI).
A non-profit organisation, WASPA was founded on in 2004 to represent and self-regulate the wireless content and applications industry in a changing mobile landscape.
It was launched with the full support of the three SA network operators- Cell C, MTN and Vodacom.
– CAJ News