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Data Governance (1/2) - IGF 2020 Cameroon

Updated: Jun 20, 2020

On June 18th 2020, the 8th edition of the “National Internet Governance Forum” organized by The National Agency for Information and Communication Technologies (ANTIC) held for a second day at Sawa Hotel Douala under the theme “Data Governance”. ​​

Alongside the Director General of ANTIC, Pr. Ebot Ebot Enaw, who took the lead through online video streaming, the main Presenters of the day, including Lawyers, Computer experts, Internet experts, Police Commissioners and ANTIC organizers all stressed on the need for users to know the importance of protecting their personal data online. As indicated by the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, Personal Data Protection Laws are on the way and will soon be passed in Cameroon - an initiative known to only a few African Countries.

ANTIC, charged with the duty to oversee cyberspace in Cameroon, ensure cyber security and fight cyber crime posits that personal information such as names, photos, email addresses, phone numbers, CVs, ID card info, social security numbers, video surveillance images, vehicle immatriculation numbers, and so on collected by bodies such as ELECAM, CNPS, Banks, Hospitals, Facebook, Google, etc ought to be properly protected.​​

Catalyzed by the advent of the corona virus, the digitization of processes in Cameroon such as court hearings are on the way and Cameroonians are hereby called to adopt a digital culture in order not to be left out.

A novel endeavor at ANTIC this year still in the pipeline is the creation of a National Authentication System (Doc-@uthANTIC) where real-time verification of digital certificates of all types could be carried out anytime anywhere across the national territory through a simple QR-code scan. ​​

The program ends tomorrow Friday June 19th with the slogan, ANTIC for a secure cyberspace.

By Pateson Vades N.,

Open Dreams Graduate Scholar and Delegate to IGF 2020 Cameroon

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