The Africa Digital Rights’ Hub (ADRH), under its Capacity Building, Advocacy, Sensitization & Awareness Programme, has worked towards bringing together regulators, academic researchers, stakeholders, policy makers, regional, industry experts, and international bodies to address data protection and privacy issues on the Continent.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, ADRH hosted its first virtual version of the Data Protection Africa Summit (DPAS) in the year 2020 after 2 successful in-person DPAS events in 2018 and 19. With COVID19 still looming ADRH is organising the 2021 Data Protection Africa Summit (DPAS) under the theme “TheRoad to Compliance: The wins and challenges”, which runs from October to November 2021. This year’s Summit is made up of hybrid virtual and physical activities which include:
▪ In-person Country Roadshows from 22nd to 30th November 2021; and
▪ The DPAS Virtual conference on the 4th and 5th of November 2021.
Both events are free, targeting data controllers and processors in the data protection and privacy
ecosystem in Africa to share their experiences with compliance, with a view to a compiling report that will
be made available to the data protection community in Africa including regulators.
Expected Outcome of the Summit
▪ Influence the development of relevant national and regional framework for data protection.
▪ Build industry capacity to ensure data protection compliance on the Continent.
▪ Formulate key lessons and issues for advocacy.
▪ Explore issues for regional cooperation and collaboration between African regulators, policy makers and their counterparts in the rest of the world.
▪ Create opportunities for strategic collaboration, partnership, and cooperation amongst all stakeholders.
▪ Showcase tools for data protection compliance.
▪ Data protection/privacy practitioners and experts
▪ Academia & Researchers
▪ Law & Policy makers
▪ Regional/International bodies/agencies
▪ Civil society
▪ Industry players including start-ups, SMBs and enterprise
▪ Solution providers