Roundup of Data Protection in Africa, 2021.

Friday, January 28, 2022

Some countries are still yet to adopt a data protection law, leaving the citizens without much protection.

2021 has been another remarkable year for privacy and data protection in Africa. An increasing number of countries introduced their data protection law, and in Botswana, the Data Protection Act enacted in 2018finally came into effect. Uganda establish edits Personal Data Protection Office (PDPO)The data protection authorities released guidelines, guidance notes, regulations to ease the implementation of the various laws. There were sanctions for violations of the Law, and more investigations were commenced and ongoing. There are proposed laws awaiting legislative cycle and approvals. In Africa, 33 out of 55 countries have enacted a data protection law, while only 20 have established or designated a public agency as the data protection regulator.