The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, in collaboration with the Council of Europe, hosted an online event to commemorate Data Protection Day 2021. 

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On 28 January 2021, we are celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Data Protection Convention 108 with African privacy and data protection stakeholders.

African regulators and civil society representatives informed the participants on latest developments at national, regional and international level and will touch upon the advantages of Convention 108 for African countries. The evolution of Convention 108 into the ‘modernised’ Convention 108+ adds a new dimension to international data flows and cooperation between data protection authorities, and was also addressed.

Data Protection Day 2021 in Africa


Opening remarks

  • Sophie Kwasny 
    Head, Data Protection Unit, Council of Europe
  • Frans Viljoen
    Professor of International Human Rights Law and Director, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria


  • Hlengiwe Dube
    Manager, Expression Information and Digital Rights Unit, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria
  • Pat Walshe
    Executive Director, Privacy Matters


  • Patricia Adusei Poku
    Ghana, Executive Director of the Data Protection Commission
  • Immaculate Kassait
    Kenya, Data Protection Commissioner
  • Drudeisha Madhub
    Mauritius, Privacy Commissioner
  • Omar Seghrouchni
    Morocco, Data Protection and Access to Information Commissioner Secretary General, African Network of Data Protection Authorities
  • Sizwe Snail 
    South Africa, Commissioner of the Information Regulator



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