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    Introduction

    Module 4: Data Privacy and Data Protection

    The right to privacy and the concomitant requirement to protect personal information has garnered significant attention with the dawn of the information age.  While the internet and online information-sharing and data collection increase at an exponential rate, legislative developments have failed to keep pace and adequately protect personal information.  However, with time, African states and regional and continental bodies have begun to adopt data protection-related instruments and regulations in an attempt to remedy and vindicate the privacy rights of their citizens.

    This module focuses on data protection in Africa and the related concepts of the ‘right to be forgotten’, encryption and surveillance.