African Data Privacy Laws

  • Alex B. Makulilo

Part of the Law, Governance and Technology Series book series (LGTS, volume 33)

Also part of the Issues in Privacy and Data Protection book sub series (ISDP, volume 33)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alex B. Makulilo
      Pages 3-23
  3. National Data Privacy Laws

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Iheanyi Samuel Nwankwo
      Pages 45-76
    3. Krissiamba Moumouni Ouiminga
      Pages 77-98
    4. Caroline B. Ncube
      Pages 99-116
    5. Ronald Kakungulu-Mayambala
      Pages 117-142
    6. Alebachew Birhanu Enyew
      Pages 143-159
    7. Patricia Boshe
      Pages 161-187
    8. Anneliese Roos
      Pages 189-227
    9. Dominic N. Dagbanja
      Pages 229-248
    10. João Luís Traça, Pedro Marques Gaspar
      Pages 249-258
    11. Patricia Boshe
      Pages 259-275
    12. Patricia Boshe
      Pages 305-315
    13. Alex B. Makulilo, Patricia Boshe
      Pages 317-335
    14. Alex B. Makulilo, Kuena Mophethe
      Pages 337-347
    15. João Luís Traça, Francisca Correia
      Pages 349-362
    16. João Luís Traça, Lídia Neves
      Pages 363-367
  4. Comparative Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 369-369
    2. Alex B. Makulilo
      Pages 371-379

About this book


This book brings together a wide range of data protection perspectives from different African countries. It presents analyses of data protection systems of selected jurisdictions with data protection legislation in Africa, as well as countries without comprehensive data protection laws. The book canvasses data privacy law in the major legal systems in Africa: common and civil law. It also covers the South African mixed legal system. In addition, the book covers all sub-regional and regional data privacy policies in Africa. Apart from analysing data protection law, the book focuses on the socio-economic contexts, political settings and legal culture in which such laws developed and operate. It bases its analyses on the African legal culture and comparative international data privacy law.

In Africa protection of personal data, the central preoccupation of data privacy laws, is on the policy agenda. The recently adopted African Union Cyber Security and Data Protection Convention 2014, which is the first and currently the only single treaty across the globe to address data protection outside Europe, serves as an illustration of such interest. In addition, there are data protection frameworks at sub-regional levels for West Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa. Similarly, laws on protection of personal data are increasingly being adopted at national plane. Yet despite these data privacy law reforms there is scant literature about data privacy law in Africa and its recent developments. This book fills that gap.


African culture Data protection and human rights European Union Directive 95/46/EC Privacy regulatory authorities Protection of privacy

Editors and affiliations

  • Alex B. Makulilo
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of BremenBremenGermany

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