The African Union's Data Protection Convention 2014 : a possible cause for celebration of human rights in Africa?

Show simple item record Abdulrauf, Lukman Adebisi Fombad, Charles Manga 2017-05-24T07:40:35Z 2016-06 en
dc.description This article was originally presented at the 7th International Conference on Information Law and Ethics (ICIL) that was held at the University of Pretoria, South Africa on 22-23 February 2016. en
dc.description.abstract It is now widely recognised that the unregulated processing of personal information has had a significant impact on key human rights like privacy, dignity, integrity, personality and autonomy. However, while other regions of the world have taken concerted action to protect the personal rights of individuals by adopting data protection instruments, Africa has generally lagged behind. This is so in spite of the steady growth in access to and usage of ICT and the internet which has facilitated the exploitation of individuals' personal information with the attendant risk of infringement of their rights. An important step to change this situation was taken when African leaders in June 2014, agreed to a landmark Convention on data protection. This Convention has provoked mixed reactions from stakeholders and privacy advocates. While some are sceptical as to the effectiveness of this Convention, others have welcomed it as a cause for celebration of human rights on the continent. This paper assesses the potential impact this Convention will have on the protection of individual's personal data. en
dc.description.department Centre for Human Rights en
dc.description.department Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa en
dc.description.embargo 2017-12-13
dc.description.uri en
dc.identifier.citation Lukman Adebisi Abdulrauf & Charles Manga Fombad (2016) The African Union's data protection Convention 2014: a possible cause for celebration of human rights in Africa?, Journal of Media Law, 8:1, 67-97, DOI: 10.1080/17577632.2016.1183283. en
dc.identifier.issn 1757-7640 (online) en
dc.identifier.issn 1757-7632 (print) en
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/17577632.2016.1183283 en
dc.language.iso English en
dc.publisher Routledge en
dc.rights © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Media Law, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 67-97, 2016. doi : 10.1080/17577632.2016.1183283. Journal of Modern Italian Studies is available online at : en
dc.subject Data protection en
dc.subject Privacy en
dc.subject African Union en
dc.subject Human rights in Africa en
dc.subject Information society en
dc.title The African Union's Data Protection Convention 2014 : a possible cause for celebration of human rights in Africa? en
dc.type Postprint Article en

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