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Despite updates in legislation, organisations in Uganda struggle with data protection and privacy compliance

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Angella Tugume, Manager Data Protection Affairs at the Uganda Personal Data Protection Office, speaks during the 3rd Africa Privacy Symposium in Kampala. Screenshot from Unwanted Witness YouTube channel. While Ugandan legislation was recently updated to include more provisions aimed at protecting digital privacy, reality on the ground shows the majority of Ugandans are not guaranteed those rights in daily practice. When Uganda’s Data Protection and Privacy Act came into force in May 2019, then-executive director of the National Information Authority Uganda (NITA-U), James Saaka, while commenti…

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