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Data protection laws and regulations are proliferating across Africa

Africa Update

The proliferation of technology and the growing digital landscape have led to an unprecedented collection, processing, and sharing of personal data. This has exposed individuals to potential privacy breaches, identity theft, and unauthorised use of their personal information. As a result, a need for robust data protection measures in the African market has become paramount. […]

The progress of internet connectivity in Africa

Africa Update

The boost in undersea cable capacity that is on the cards for Africa bodes well for the acceleration of internet availability and quality across the continent. Among other things, it promises to pave the way for a fintech and data centre boom across the continent and change the fortunes of the African countries that embrace the opportunities it provides. According to research firm […]

Digital currencies and services gaining momentum across the continent

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A McKinsey report earlier this month highlights that although cash is still king in Africa its supremacy is likely to be increasingly challenged as e-payments gain momentum. With innovation escalating there is a shift in the way people pay for goods and services with electronic payments rapidly displacing cash and cryptocurrency and digital currencies emerging […]

Technology Media and Telecommunications Africa Quarterly E Bulletin

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This e-bulletin highlights key legislative and regulatory developments in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors in sub-Saharan Africa.  This issue covers the period 16 October 2021 to 15 January 2022 and includes developments from Botswana, Cameroon, Eswatini, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Botswana […]

The evolving threat of cybercrime in Africa

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African countries are facing increasing challenges in combating cybercrime in a threat landscape that has changed dramatically. Africa has over 500 million internet users among a total population of nearly 1.4 billion, leaving huge potential for growth but at the same time making it increasingly vulnerable to cybercrime. The continent is reputed to have the […]

LEX Africa member firms achieve top OHADA rankings

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OHADA (or the “Organisation pour l’Harmonisation en Afrique du Droit des Affaires”) is a system of harmonised business laws and implementing institutions adopted by sixteen West and Central African nations. Several of our members have recently been recognised by LEX4.com as the best OHADA law firms in Africa. These awards have also been endorsed by […]

Data protection overview in Cameroon

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The increased use of digital platforms requires the collection and storage of a wide range of personal data. Thus, some websites, commercial companies, public entities, health care establishments, banks, and others often hold valuable information in digital form, on their customers or users. Protecting such data has become a major regulatory and legislative concern in […]

A law for Fintech companies within the CEMAC zone

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In the 12 months to 31 December 2018, the electronic money transactions in the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (the CEMAC zone) accounted for 572,362,635 transactions valued at XAF 8,296,166,023,386 (or over US$14bn). During the course 2017 the number of financial transactions in electronic money increased to from 303m to 572m, reflecting the rapid […]

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