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Fewer than half of the 54 countries in Africa have any form of data protection legislation in place, according to lawyers with knowledge of the matter.

“Only nine African countries have data protection legislation and another 22 have draft regulations pending,” says Bob Kayihura, of counsel at Covington & Burling in South Africa.

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Jennigay Coetzer

Jennigay Coetzer is the Africa correspondent for Law.com International. She writes about lawyers and legal issues in South Africa and across the continent. Her coverage includes the business of law, global and domestic law firms, in-house legal departments and regulatory issues. She can be reached at [email protected]

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