On 9 May 2018, the African Union Commission and the Internet Society launched the Personal Data Protection Guidelines for Africa (the Guidelines). The Guidelines seek to facilitate implementation of the African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection, and are intended to be “a blueprint for an evolving process of developing policy, operational guidance, and best practice, as new circumstances and requirements emerge”.
The Guidelines set out 18 recommendations, grouped under the following headings:
- Two recommendations on the foundational principles to create trust, privacy, and responsible use of personal data.
- Eight recommendations for action by the following stakeholders:
- Governments and policymakers.
- Data protection authorities.
- Data controllers and data processors.
- Eight recommendations on the following themes:
- Multi-stakeholder solutions.
- Wellbeing of the digital citizen.
- Enabling and sustaining measures.
The Guidelines are accessible here.
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