What are the laws on information and data privacy in Rwanda

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Dear Ministry of Youth and ICT,

I would like to ask for the following information under Law no 04/2013 of 08/02/2013 relating to access to information.

Yours faithfully,

Magnifique MIGISHA,

Thanks Sobanukirwa Team,
Could you update your contact list and then there the contact person at
MYICT is Mr. Emmanuel Nshimiyimana reachable via
[1][email address] .
We really appreciate what you're doing.
Have a great day.

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Stephen Abbott Pugh left an annotation ()

Thanks Magnifique. We have now updated the email address we've got stored for the Ministry of Youth and ICT to Emmanuel's address and have resent this request to his inbox.

Thanks for your reply and help.

Stephen Abbott Pugh
Team Sobanukirwa


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Dear Xue,

I hope this email finds you quite well.

Here are the most cited laws established to ensure the respect of the
right to privacy and data protection in Rwanda. I think they can be

·         1. Law No. 02/2013 of 8 February 2013 regulating media (article
9) Link: www.mhc.gov.rw/fileadmin/templates/PdfDo...


·         2. Law No. 03/2013 of 8 February 2013 regulating access to
information (article 4)[1] Link:


·         3. Law No. 48/2008 of 9 September 2008 relating to the
interception of communications Link: lip.alfa-xp.com/lip/AmategekoDB.


4. Law No. 44/2001 of 30 November 2001 governing telecommunications Link:


·         5. Law No. 18/2010 of 12 May 2010 relating to electronic
messages, electronic signatures and electronic transactions (the
e‑signature law) link:


·         6. Law No. 54/2011 of 14 December 2011 relating to the rights
and the protection of the child (Article 16).


The government of Rwanda honors international commitments on internet
governance. During the NETmundial internet governance discussions, at
which Rwanda was represented by its Minister of Youth and ICT Jean
Philbert Nsengimana, the internet was taken as “a universal global
resource, that should remain a secure, stable, resilient, and trustworthy
network” and Rwanda supported the proposal of an internet governance
framework which is “inclusive, multistakeholder, effective, legitimate,
and evolving.” Link: https://
13 document.netmundial.br/1-internet-governance-principles 

Rwanda ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights,
and is therefore bound by Article 17, which states: “No one shall be
subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his privacy, family,
home or correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on his honour and
reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against
such interference or attacks.” Link: 14





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Ministry of Youth and ICT

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