These laws have facilitated the arrest and prosecution of critical journalists and artists, including for content published online. Meanwhile, although the country has had a privacy and data protection law for over a decade, the enforcement authority — the Commission of Personal Data CDP — has not been able to sufficiently fulfill its mandate due to resource limitations. Nonetheless, several private and public actors continue to collect personal data in Senegal without any regulatory enforcement by the CDP.
This is the case for mandatory SIM card registration implemented by the Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications and Posts ARTP through mobile telecom operators and linked to the national identity database. Meanwhile, low affordability and poor quality of service further hinder adoption of technology in an otherwise thriving sector. Mobile telephony, for example, now offers solutions for virtual financial services ranging from banking services to payment services. Further, leading money transfer application WARI , which was founded in Senegal and remains hugely popular, has been adopted in many countries in West Africa.
In the agriculture sector, MLouma , which connects sellers and buyers of agricultural products, has grown from 1, to 75, users since developing a version which allows users without smartphones or the internet to access the service, as well as integrating a payment service. Digital rights did not feature explicitly in the recommendations made regarding human rights protection at legal and institutional level.
However, up to seven recommendations made by France, Chile, Sweden, Peru and Greece related to media rights and free speech. See the full advocacy brief here. French version is also available here. Visit our YouTube channel. Reform press legislation, eliminating tough penalties for press offenses. Freedom of information and censorship of content Provisions of the press code infringing freedom of information, notably Article 5, should be amended to provide clear definitions of information exempt from access by journalists. Meanwhile, Article should be repealed.
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