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Overview of the data protection regime in Uganda
The 2010s has seen an exponential increase in the use and misuse of personal data. Governments the world over are grappling with regulating data and privacy. The difficulty lies in striking a balance between enforcement of the right to privacy weighed against the importance of utilising data for social and economic growth. This paper defines terms such as personal data, personal identifiers, data protection and privacy. The paper examines the role of data protection and privacy in this fourth industrial revolution and the impact artificial intelligence and the internet of things has had on data protection. The paper focuses on Uganda’s Data Protection and Privacy Act, 2019 with insights from the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the African Union’s Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection.
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Kenneth Muhangi specialises in intellectual property, technology, media, telecommunications and dispute resolution. Kenneth holds a master’s degree, LLM (international commercial law) from the University of South Wales, a bachelor’s degree in law LLB (Hons) from Uganda Christian University and a diploma in legal practice from the Law Development Centre. He is licensed to practice law in Uganda and the greater commonwealth. In the area of intellectual property and technology, Kenneth is a renowned awardwinning author and trainer, and this has cemented his credentials as a specialist in the aforementioned practice areas. He has conducted specialised training in areas of ICT, including block chain technology, digital banking and data protection, among others. Kenneth represents and has conducted training for government entities and some of the largest national/multinational entities in the region such as the DFCU Bank, Stanbic Bank, Housing Finance Bank, Jade E Services t/a Jumia, Jumia Food, Jumia Travel, Civil Aviation Authority and the Ministry of ICT. Kenneth is also a visiting lecturer of intellectual property and cyber law at Uganda Christian University and has also conducted lectures on cyber law at Makerere University, Law School. He heads the ICT Cluster of the Uganda Law Society and is a member the Intellectual Property Cluster, Uganda Law Society. Kenneth is also a member of The Africa List, an exclusive community of next generation CEOs building Africa’s top 100 companies, supported by the CDC Group. Kenneth has also advised the Government of Uganda on the integration of ICT into the adjudication processes for Courts of Judicature and advises the Ministry of ICT on innovation and ICT policy development. Kenneth also represents Uganda at the 4IR Portfolio Communities of the Centre for Fourth Industrial Revolution of the World Economic Forum. The 4IR Portfolio Communities include artificial intelligence (AI), Blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT), digital trade, data policy and drones. Kenneth represents and advises Uganda on policy-related issues arising from new/emerging technologies. In 2018, Kenneth featured in Uganda’s top 40 under 40 (survey conducted by NewVision, Uganda’s largest newspaper).