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Is there an African Convention on Cybercrime and Cybersecurity?

Updated: Oct 23, 2019

Yes. The African Union Cybersecurity Convention and Personal Data Protection (AUCC/ Convention) was adopted at the 23rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union, Malabo, on the 27th June 2014. 


The Convention creates a Legal Framework for Cyber security and Personal Data Protection and seeks to define broad guidelines of the strategy for the repression of cybercrime in African Union and to establish in each State party mechanisms for combating cybercrime. It addresses the need for harmonised legislation in the area of cyber security in Member States of the African Union. The Convention responds to the current state of cybercrime which constitutes a real threat to the security of computer networks and the development of the Information Society in Africa. The Convention also seeks to define broad guidelines of the strategy for the repression of cybercrime in African Union and to establish in each State party mechanisms for combating cybercrime. 


Notably, the Convention is not binding unless ratified by African Union Member States. 

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