05 Apr African Internet Users Left Vulnerable Due to Lack of Data Protection Laws
Facebook’s recent privacy problems has highlighted the need for greater data protection laws around the world and it has raised attention particularly in African countries, most of which do not have specific laws or regulations to protect the privacy of individuals.
Countries such as Kenya has recently seen a surge in internet use during the past decade. However, users in this region have little or no recourse if a data breach occurs due to the lack of legal and regulatory safeguards.
It was also recently confirmed that Cambridge Analytica had also worked in political campaigns in the region, in 2013 and 2017 campaigns of Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, and in the 2015 re-election bid of then-president Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria.
Source: Reuters UK