Data Protection Law on the cards

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Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi has told the Innovation Africa Digital Summit 2018 that Malawi has created conditions necessary to facilitate its entry into the digital economy.

Dausi: Data Protection Act will be introduced in Parliament soon Dausi: Data Protection Act will be introduced in Parliament soon

Making a presentation during the summit which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last week, Dausi said that Malawi already has in place the right policies, laws, regulations and infrastructure to spearhead ICT development and usage

“We are steadily heading towards the doorsteps of the digital economy. Everyday, new reforms are taking place in this sector,” said Dausi, citing a decision by government to place ICT among the priorities for focus and attention.

Now in its sixth year, the summit aims to promote digital connectivity across all spectrums to the benefit of Africa as a whole.

Running through the progress that has been made, Dausi said Malawi is reviewing the National ICT Policy of 2013, a new Communications Act is in place and the Electronic Transactions and Cyber Security Act got enacted in response to the advancements that have taken place in the ICT sector.

Three weeks ago, Dausi said the country validated the National Cyber Security strategy and the Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert), to deal with cyber security threats, is being set up under the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra).

“To complement these developments, we have also started working on coming up with the Data Protection Act. Soon a Bill will be introduced in Parliament,” he said.

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