Cybersecurity: Togo adopts law to protect personal data

Thursday, 24 October 2019 12:50
Cybersecurity: Togo adopts law to protect personal data

(Togo First) - Last Wednesday, Togo's parliament voted a law ensuring personal data protection. In effect, the law defines the legal and institutional framework to protect this type of information.

"To protect data, we must first have the means to collect them. This requires a regulatory and institutional framework able to identify our citizens in-depth, using biometrics if needed," the deputies declared. "In this digital world, the digital identity of every citizen is a major topic. It must be protected as efficiently as physical and civil identity, through a digital identification process and by launching biometric ID for citizens," they added.

According to Cina Lawson, the Togolese Minister of Digital Industry, this law aligns with the government's desire to tackle security challenges and issues associated with the expansion of the Digital Age. This "will involve the adoption and anticipation of adequate mechanisms, to make our cyber-environment safe while ensuring the protection of organizations, institutions, businesses and individuals' data."

The law's passing is part of a process that aims to "provide our country, in a gradual and coherent manner, a legal and institutional framework mirroring an ecosystem that aligns with the President's vision to make the digital sector one of the pillars sustaining the growth and modernization of the economy, as well as societal development," the minister added.

Séna Akoda

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