AfricTivistes, in partnership with the law firm Encode, offers this month an analysis of the laws on cybercrime and data protection in Mauritania. The analysis describes the current legal situation in the country and particularly the lack of a fully operational legal framework for cybercrime and personal data protection. 

The passing and promulgation of laws on the subject has not been of much use, and they have not entered into force due to the lack of implementing decrees. In terms of legal perspectives, the analysis reveals that the Mauritanian government is considering developing a National Cyber Security Strategy after establishing the Computer Security Service, which is part of the General Directorate of Information and Communication Technologies (DGITC) and is specifically responsible for investigating cybercrimes. However, it was also deplored that Mauritania does not have a formal and operational Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT). 

In conclusion, the analysis recommends the urgent establishment of effective cybercrime and personal data protection legislation in Mauritania and other African countries. Especially as the endless delay in enforcing these laws undermines cybersecurity concerns. As a result, Mauritanians do not enjoy the benefits of the legislation and are in a disadvantageous position to obtain remedies against any violation of their personal data.

The full analysis is available in English here and a French translation is here