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Data Protection in the Internet: Cape Verde’s National Report

  • José Pina-DelgadoEmail author
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Part of the Ius Comparatum - Global Studies in Comparative Law book series (GSCL, volume 38)

Abstract

The purpose of this report, which covers developments up until 2018, is to present, from a general perspective, the Cape Verdean data protection system by taking into account its legislative framework and the case-law produced by relevant Courts and Administrative Authorities. Thus, this contribution will not deal with the basics of the data protection regime in force outside the questions other than for the comparative purpose of the collective project. It will focus mainly on the general model and not on the particular legal norms.

Though a pioneer, as one of the first African countries to have a Law on Data Protection and to include references to related rights in its Constitution, the development of the system largely existed only in the books and has only been put into action after the Data Protection National Authority became operative. It is directed mainly at regulating general aspects of data protection, but the initial stage includes the drafting of minor specific rules regarding data protection on the internet.

The stabilisation of the field will require several years because the efforts being made by legislative bodies to incrementally complete the system are ongoing, and are especially necessary with regard to the specific problems generated by the internet and the new technologies of information and communication. In addition to this, courts—especially the Constitutional Court—are starting to develop their case-law on privacy rights related matters, including data protection guarantees and situations where these collide with communicative freedom and clashes with important public interests. This means that even without legislative developments one has to take into account the possibility of hermeneutical operations of clarification and eventually of rule-creation conducted by the judicial organs.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto Superior de Ciências Jurídicas & Sociais of PraiaPraiaCape Verde
  2. 2.Constitutional Court of the Republic of Cape VerdePraiaCape Verde

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