According to Unwanted Witness’s Privacy Scorecard report 2021, data collectors and processors are still struggling with compliance with the data protection law and safeguarding users’ rights and dignity. The inaugural report also flagged the inconsistency with the companies’ internal privacy policies across different African countries.
Unfortunately, public participation is limited because of lack of awareness, companies thus use this to their advantage and exploit people and their personal data, without any transparency and accountability. On the other hand, the majority of state and non-state actors (involved in data collection/processing) are ignorant about legal requirements related to personal data collection.
Unwanted Witness with support from APC seeks to further local initiatives that bridge the data protection and privacy knowledge gap, empower data subjects/consumers to have control over their personal data, and monitor the pervasive power of companies.