Africa needs tough consumer data privacy laws like EU — Quartz


Abuja, Nigeria

This month, the European Union is introducing a landmark privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will reshape how technology companies store, process, and profit from users’ personal information. It will also enshrine the “right to be forgotten,” and entitle consumers with the power to withdraw their data and give it to another organization.

Across Africa, where many nations either don’t have or enforce comprehensive data safety laws, there are legitimate concerns about how consumers should and could be protected. Africa has the lowest internet penetration rates globally, but improved digital infrastructure, increased smartphone uptake, and the proliferation of innovation spaces have made the internet a rapidly transformative tool.

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