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Cape Verde


Law: Law 133-V-2001 on the Protection of Personal Data (as amended by Law No. 41/VIII/2013 - General Legal Regime for the Protection of Personal Data of Individuals (only available in Portuguese here) and Law No. 121/IX/2021 of 17 March 2021 (only available in Portuguese here)) (collectively 'the Law')

Regulator: National Commission of Data Protection ('CNPD')

Summary: Data protection in Cape Verde is regulated by the Law and enforced by the CNPD which became operational in 2015. Since then, the CNPD has released a number of resources and opinions to assist organisations with their compliance efforts. In addition, the CNPD became a member of the Association of Francophone Data Protection Authorities ('AFAPDP') in 2018. Cape Verde also has a notable presence on the international stage, and is one of the few jurisdictions outside of Europe to have ratified the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (‘Convention 108’).