African Data Protection Laws, Regulation, Policy, and Practice; Raymond Atuguba Akongburo, Patricia Boshe, Sena Afua Dei- Tutu and Moritz Hennemann (ed.)

Review by Bertil Cottier, Professor Emeritus, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

At the very beginning of this century, the Cape Verde Islands and the Seychelles were pioneers in Africa, adopting the first comprehensive personal data protection laws on the continent. Twenty years later, 36 African countries have passed legislation in this area. And this movement towards ever greater protection of privacy on the African continent is not about to stop, as a dozen other countries are expected to follow suit in the near future. A booster to that respect is certainly the African Union Convention on cybersecurity and data protection,(1) which finally entered into force last year.

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