Every year the regional master’s programmes of Global Campus of Human Rights select the best master theses of the previous academic year. The selected seven GC master theses cover a range of different international human rights topics and challenges. Adding to the GC master theses, are selections of Master’s theses which most programmes award on a yearly basis
Browsing Awarded Theses by Author "Akintayo, Akinola E."
(Global Campus of Human Rights, 2019)
Nyemba, Chisomo; Akintayo, Akinola E.
The proliferation of information communication technology (ICT)
and consequent increase in the processing of personal data threaten the
right to data privacy and related human rights. Although Malawi has
comparatively been slow in ICT growth and usage, personal data is now
being collected and processed at an unprecedented scale. The processing
of personal data is likely to increase as the ICT infrastructure grows and
technology becomes more sophisticated. This paper examines whether
the right to data privacy, particularly of vulnerable people, is adequately
and effectively protected in the digital era in the context of Malawi, a
developing country currently classified as one of the poorest countries
in the world. This paper demonstrates how the risks of infringement of
data privacy may be heightened for the poor and vulnerable. Further,
the poor and the vulnerable may not be able to avert or mitigate against
adverse consequences in case of infringements of the right to data
privacy. Therefore, the paper argues that, despite having laws under
which the right to data privacy can be protected, the laws are inadequate
and ineffective in view of the threats posed by ICT and prevalent
vulnerabilities in Malawi. The paper recommends the promulgation of
a more robust, comprehensive and effective data privacy protection law
that adequately takes into account the vulnerabilities in Malawi.