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Somalia Launches Data Protection Authority

Storyline:National News

GOOBJOOG NEWS | MOGADISHU: Somalia has launched its new Data Protection Authority marking a step towards the establishment of a legal framework to govern data privacy in the country.

The authority was inaugurated during a ceremony led by the Federal Government of Somalia’s Communications and Technology Minister Jama Hassan Khalif and attended by government officials, civil society representatives, and other stakeholders.

Transport and Aviation Minister Fardowsa Osman Igal said his ministry will closely collaborate with the newly established data authority emphasizing the need for effective coordination between ministries to ensure the protection of individuals’ privacy rights.

Minister Khalif underscored the government’s commitment to rectify years of neglect in addressing data privacy concerns, and emphasized the significance of providing robust legal frameworks to safeguard data privacy rights and underscored “the government’s readiness to prioritize this critical issue.”

The launch event signifies a significant milestone in Somalia’s journey towards enhancing data protection measures and upholding privacy rights for its citizens.

The establishment of the Data Protection Authority reflects the Federal Government of Somalia’s commitment to aligning with international standards and best practices in data protection.