Personal Data and Privacy Barriers to E-Government Adoption, Implementation and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Ebenezer AgbozoEmail author
  • Daniel Alhassan
  • Kamen Spassov
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 947)


Personal data and privacy confidentiality play a highly important role in ensuring user trust in any given Information Communication Technology (ICT) system. In the last decade Electronic Government (e-Government) initiatives have transformed the public sector of many nations and most importantly improved upon the quality of public service delivery to citizens. The issue of privacy and security impedes the progress of any e-government system and potentially causes citizens to lose trust in public e-services. Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) as a continent has been on the verge of gradual e-government development; though many factors are attributed to its average underperformance according to the 2016 United Nations’ (UN) e-Government Survey. Based on a review of relevant literature, a binomial (exact) test was performed to determine the general perception of personal data and whether Sub-Saharan Africans are ready to give it to their governments. Drawing on analysis results, the study offers policy implementation recommendations for the sub-region so as to realize a citizen-centric e-government.


e-Government Security and privacy Personal data Sub Saharan Africa General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 



This work was supported by the Department of System Analysis and Decision Making, Graduate School of Economics and Management, Ural Federal University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ural Federal UniversityYekaterinburgRussian Federation
  2. 2.Missouri University of Science and TechnologyRollaUSA
  3. 3.University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski”SofiaBulgaria

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