The GDPR is a European Union (EU) law taking effect May 25, 2018. The goal of GDPR is to give EU citizens control over their personal data and change the data privacy approach of organisations across the world. How does this affect African businesses? By doing business online and making your website available to the entire world, your company is exposed to the jurisdiction of each state and country your product/service reaches. If your business attracts customers from the EU region, then, you are likely to oblige with the law unless you are not collecting users’ personal information while they are surfing your website (an unlikely case). [More here]
The law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has release an online chatbot (his name is Parker!) to answer all of your questions about GDPR and your non-EU business.
Consumers now take privacy seriously. Businesses planning to go global should build their processes to follow the toughest privacy standards. Right now that’s Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation.