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African privacy law is concerned with the protection and preservation of the privacy rights of its citizens.
Privacy laws on the African continent are just beginning to emerge. There are a few countries that have established legislation on data protection and privacy. One of the reasons for such laws being developed is due to cross-border data flows. If African states wish to exchange data with other countries, such as those in the EU, they must have laws in place that offer protections before those countries will even consider doing business with them.
Article 6: The residence, the domicile, private and family life, secrecy of correspondence of every person are inviolable. It can only be effected according to the forms and in the cases specified by the law.
Oversight: Commission de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CIL)
The purpose of the Data Protection Act is to provide for the protection of the privacy rights of individuals with regard to the capture, transmission, manipulation, recording or storage of data relating to individuals.
Oversight: Data Protection Office; Ministry for Consumer Protection and Citizens Charter
Article 37: The privacy of citizens, their homes, correspondence, telephone conversations, and telegraphic communications is hereby guaranteed and protected.
Article 39(3)(a): Nothing shall invalidate any law that is reasonably justifiable in a democratic society – for the purpose of preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, maintaining the authority and independence of courts or regulating telephony, wireless broadcasting, television or the exhibition of cinematograph films.
Everyone has the right to privacy, which includes the right not to have
Oversight: National Authority for the Protection of Personal Data
Article 27: No person shall be subjected to an unlawful search of the body, home, or other property or to
the unlawful entry of his or her premises.
Article 41: Every citizen has a right of access to information in the possession of the State or any other
organ of the State except where the release of the information is likely to interfere with the
security of the State or the right to the privacy of any other person.
Oversight: Uganda Communications Commission (UCC)
Article 17: no person shall be subjected to the search of his person or his property or the entry by others on his premises.
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