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Mauritian Data Protection chief shares experience on privacy law in Rwanda

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Mauritian Data Protection chief shares experience on privacy law in Rwanda
Mrs. Madhub, Data Protection commissioner of Mauritius with representatives from Rwanda’s banking and financial sector. Courtesy The New Times

The Data Protection Commissioner of Mauritius, Mrs. Drudeisha Madhub visited Rwanda last week for discussions on collaboration between the respective Data Protection Authorities.

Reporting on her visit, media in Rwanda said she shared Mauritius’s experience of implementing personal data protection and privacy legislation within the banking and financial sector.

The meeting reportedly brought together representatives from The National Bank of Rwanda, Kigali International Financial Centre, Rwanda Bankers Association, Bank of Kigali and the Rwanda Information Society Authority.

Globally, Data Protection and Privacy laws regulate cross-border data flows and are vital for ensuring trust, regulatory certainty necessary for e-commerce, trade, and international financial transactions.

Collection and processing of personal data requires consent and obliges organizations, both public and private, to have in place sufficient measures to ensure protection and guarantee the privacy of personal data.

The visit happens at a time when debates rage over “sniffing allegations” against Mauritian PM Pravind Jugnauth. The latter has being accused by former CEO of Mauritius Telecom of having forced him to give access to an Indian tech team to conduct a “survey” on the SAFE cables at the Baie du Jacotet Landing Station.

Several attempts by the Mauritian media to demand a statement from the Mauritian Data Protection Office have reportedly been unsuccessful on the ground that the parent ministry refused to give its consent.

In her remarks reported by Rwanda’s The New Times, Drudeisha Madhub noted the “importance and timely” nature of holding stakeholder engagements.

She reportedly highlighted the need for organizations to put in place modalities for smooth implementation of the law for continuity of vital business sectors.

Participants are said to have “appreciated” Mauritius’s experience in  implementation of personal data protection and privacy law to create a conducive environment for the growth of financial services.

Original article at The New Times, Rwanda

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