How SIM Card Re-registration Violates the Data Protection Act in Kenya

The past few weeks have been abuzz with public outcry over the call to update SIM registration details for all sim card owners by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK). The move has been touted as a step towards improving national security by establishing a comprehensive registry of sim cards and their owners. It is […]

Regional Coordination: Lessons from the Data Privacy Learning Series

The fourth workshop of the Data Privacy Learning Series took place on March 10th, 2022, and discussed regional coordination among civil society organizations in the Global South to advance data protection. The discussion departed from concrete cases and built on some of the points made in previous workshops, especially regarding advocacy strategies and campaigns carried […]

Prospects and Challenges of the Ethiopian Data Protection Commission

Ethiopia has not yet adopted a personal data protection law. While there are some scattered legislations that deal with data protection related issues such as the criminal code and the computer crime proclamation, there is no comprehensive legislation that regulates data protection in Ethiopia. However, in 2020 the government of Ethiopia under the auspices of […]

A Critique of Smart Cities: What they are and who they (theoretically) serve

It is not new that there is a tendency among public authority managers to promote the concept of smart cities to justify any actions to implement technology without discussing in depth its purposes. Cameras, facial recognition, sensors, smart meters, wi-fi, etc. are brought to the municipal public space while disclosing little to no information to […]

Independence of Data Protection Authorities: Lessons from the Data Privacy Learning Series

The third workshop of the Data Privacy Learning Series took place on February 1st, 2022, and discussed the challenges in creating and maintaining independent data protection authorities in the ADAPT partner countries, some having passed comprehensive data protection legislation and others currently discussing it. The choice of subject for the workshop was validated by talks […]

Exceptions to Data Protection Regulations: Lessons from the Data Privacy Learning Series

When discussing data protection regulations, particularly the passage of comprehensive data protection laws, the issue of what falls within scope and what exemptions exist to circumvent them often arises. This comes into focus in reviewing the cases in which personal data processing for the purposes of public security, national defense or criminal persecution are weakened […]

The need for regulations to comply with the new Data Protection Law in Ecuador

When talking about personal data, it is essential to study its value, importance, and transversality. Personal data is relevant for the design and architecture of communication technologies; however, we must not ignore its scope of protection. The inappropriate processing of personal data affects the effectiveness of public and private management and the constitutional rights of […]

Facial Recognition in Brazil: a gender and race-based perspective

The year 2021 witnessed heated debates on facial recognition in Brazil, especially within the context of public security. The technology was implemented by twenty states in the five regions of the country, and has been the subject of many promises from the private and public sector ranging from crime prevention to the identification of missing […]