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Somalia: Authority publishes guidance on Data Protection Act

On February 3, 2024, the Somali data protection authority (the Authority) published guidance on the Data Protection Act (the Act).

In particular, the guidance details the personal, territorial, and material scope of application of the Act, noting that the Act applies where:

  • data controller or data processor is domiciled in, resident in, or operating in Somalia;
  • processing of personal data occurs within Somalia; or
  • the data controller or the data processor is not domiciled in, resident in, or operating in Somalia, but processes personal data of a data subject in Somalia.

Furthermore, the guidance provides details on various other aspects of the Act, including, but not limited to:

  • the Authority's powers and duties;
  • definitions as defined by the Act;
  • legal bases for consent;
  • principles of data processing;
  • controller and processor obligations; and
  • data subject rights.

You can read the guidance here.