Data Privacy Laws and Bills: Growth in Africa, GDPR Influence

(2018) 152 Privacy Laws & Business International Report, 11-13

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 18-52

5 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2018 Last revised: 23 Aug 2018

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Graham Greenleaf

University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law

Bertil Cottier

USI Università della Svizzera italiana

Date Written: April 12, 2018

Abstract

By early 2017, the number of countries with data privacy laws had risen to 120. A year later, this had increased to 124 countries. This paper gives details of these new laws - from the Cayman Islands, and from three West African countries (Mauritania, Niger, and Guinea-Conakry) and of their relationships to both international and regional data privacy standards, with particular reference to the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Similar details are given for examples of laws outside Europe which have been revised (Mauritius), some new Bills (Thailand).

All of these laws go beyond the ‘1st generation’ OECD Guidelines, and include not only the ‘2nd generation’ ‘European’ standards associated with the 1995 EU Directive, but also to a surprising extent the ‘3rd generation’ higher standards found in 2016 EU GDPR, even before it comes into force.

Keywords: privacy, data protection, GDPR

Suggested Citation

Greenleaf, Graham and Cottier, Bertil, Data Privacy Laws and Bills: Growth in Africa, GDPR Influence (April 12, 2018). (2018) 152 Privacy Laws & Business International Report, 11-13; UNSW Law Research Paper No. 18-52. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3212713

Graham Greenleaf (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law ( email )

Sydney, New South Wales 2052
Australia
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HOME PAGE: http://www2.austlii.edu.au/~graham

Bertil Cottier

USI Università della Svizzera italiana ( email )

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Lugano, TN 6900
Switzerland

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