Although African governments have enacted laws to collect personal data, very few ensure that it is recorded, stored and used in a manner that protects and promotes the privacy of users. This poses a great threat to Africa’s data and information. Only 22 African countries have data protection laws, and among these it is unclear exactly how many actually implement or enforce these laws.
In October 2019 the ACRP convened 10 journalists from Benin, Malawi, Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, China, Zimbabwe and Zambia in Johannesburg for the Digital Identity, Data & Technology in Africa Workshop. The workshop involved four days of interactive training, and also included sessions at Wits Journalism’s African Investigative Journalism Conference (AIJC) 2019, and an Open Forum on Digital Identity at Wits University on 28 October 2019.
To read a full report on this workshop, please click here.
The following are the presentations and other resources from the Digital Identity Workshop 2019: