The Ministry of ICT and National Guidance has launched the Personal Data Protection Portal for Ugandans against breach of personal data abuse.
The move is intended to regulate data collection and processing while providing for the rights of those whose data is collected and the obligations of organisations that collect this data.
The Data Protection Portal will among other things offer electronic seamless registration for data collectors, data processors and data controllers.
Speaking during the launch of this initiative, the State Minister for ICT and National Guidance, Joyce Ssebugwawo, said her ministry is at the forefront of driving digitisation in Uganda, noting that uptake in the utilisation of the services on these digitised platforms requires trust from the intended beneficiaries.
“Data privacy also needs to be ensured as we embrace the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) with a focus on harnessing the potential and opportunities that come with it. Therefore, data protection and privacy take centre stage because personal data needs to be protected and privacy rights need to be upheld,” she said.
Ssebugwawo said that they have noted the work the Personal Data Protection Office is doing and urge them to continue with the good work, especially on creating awareness and enforcement.
Amina Zawedde, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance said governments globally are availing services electronically.
She said ICTs have bolstered the ability to offer citizens and businesses higher quality of services in a faster way, stating that Uganda has not been left behind in this quest to provide more efficient services to its citizens through ICT’s
“There are compelling benefits from complying with the Data Protection and Privacy Act with the major one being that responsible and fair use of personal data fuels the fourth industrial revolution which the ministry is championing through development of policies and frameworks,” she said.
She explained that the Data Protection and Privacy Act also opens up business opportunities for our nascent Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies as organizations worldwide prefer working with organizations that have strong personal data protection and privacy policies.
Hatwib Mugasa, executive director at the National Information Technology Authority-Uganda (NITA-U) noted that the access to information through the integration of various government systems initiative leverages governments efforts in providing services quickly and efficiently.
“I wish to reiterate NITA- U’s continued commitment to support the Personal Data Protection Office in its operationalisation efforts and congratulate them on the launch of the portal,” said Mugasa.
He said today a lot of transactions across the world are enabled by Information and Communications Technology (ICTs).