Facebook, Cambridge Analytica scandal heralds better data privacy in Nigeria, Kenya, other African countries — Quar…


The ongoing Facebook-Cambridge Analytica saga involves a cast that is mainly American and British. But it is still a highly personal story for internet users and governments across Africa, but particularly in Nigeria and Kenya.

In Nigeria’s 2007 and 2015 elections, Cambridge Analytica worked alongside the then ruling party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Now, Nigeria’s current government—which was the opposition in 2015—is investigating whether that collaboration was illegal. “Among those whose personal data was hacked into in 2015 was the then opposition candidate, Muhammadu Buhari,” Vanguard reported earlier this month. This investigation has in turn kicked off a political tempest: After the announcement, PDP called the investigation “desperate.”

In Kenya, the…

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