Government seeks public input on draft Data Protection Bill.

2022-10-26

Namibians are urged to make written submissions on the draft Data Protection Bill by November 30, 2022. According to a public statement by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) Government endeavours to put legislation in place to safeguard personal information from unauthorised use and ensure that personal data is lawfully collected, stored, processed and accessed.

The MICT noted that the objectives of the Bill are to establish a Data Protection Supervisory Authority and to provide for its powers, duties and functions; establish obligations of data controllers and processors; make provision for the regulation of the processing of information relating to individuals in order to protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of individuals, and in particular their right to privacy concerning the processing of such information; provide for the rights of individuals about whom information is processed; provide restrictions and exceptions under the provisions of this Act; provide for codes or conduct of controllers and processors and for matters connected therewith.

Written submissions must be submitted to Elizabeth.Kamutuezu@mict.gov.na and Saara.Pohamba@mict.gov.na by 30 November 2022.

Download the draft Data Protection Bill here. Alternatively access it via the MICT website (www.mict.gov.na), all regional council offices or request it through email from the aforementioned officers.