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Surveillance laws are failing to protect privacy rights: what we found in six African countries

Surveillance laws are failing to protect privacy rights: what we found in six African countries

ON paper, privacy rights for citizens of countries throughout Africa are well protected. Privacy rights are written into constitutions, international human rights conventions and domestic law. TONY ROBERTS, Digital Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies But, in the first comparative review of privacy protections across Africa, the evidence is clear: governments are purposefully using laws that lack clarity. Or they ignore laws completely in order to carry out illegal digital surveillance of their citizens. What’s more, they are doing so with impunity. This matters because people’s lives are increasingly being lived online, through conversations on social media, online banking and…
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