+1 john...

> On Apr 11, 2018, at 19:07, John Walu <walu.j...@gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Further, unless your in a silly country that was dumb enough to sign a treaty 
> extending EU’s legal reach into your sovereignty, such as the stupid congress 
> of the united States, then you can offer the EU a nice big Italian sign 
> language gesture regarding their GDPR and continue on with business as usual.
> 
> @Owen, the above is not entirely true.
> 
> EU regulation/GDPR does affect African countries in general.  Or at least 
> those wishing to remain trade partners  with European Countries.
> 
> Most of Africa has little or no Data Protection/Privacy laws (with a few 
> exception being Ghana, Mauritius, SA, etc). Kenya for example doesn't have 
> one.  
> 
> Should Kenya show the EU the middle finger?
> 
> Yes they could. But essentially, that middle finger will translate into 
> losing money. 
> 
> A European Union Company would for example NOTdare engage (Data-wise/Business 
> wise) with a Kenyan partner/subsidiary that for example sells flowers to 
> European destinations/customers since Kenyan privacy /data protection 
> environment would be suspect. 
> 
> Whereas the EU cannot directly hold the Kenyan company liable for breaches, 
> it will penalize the European company thoroughly. The net effect is that most 
> European companies would review their risk profiles with African partners and 
> basically cut linkages or open new ones -  only with 'compliant' countries in 
> Africa.
> 
> Unlike US, Africa does need EU Euros ;-). And so we will have to improve our 
> Data protection regimes. Though it would have been good if we did it out of 
> our own volition.
> 
> Now more specifically for the Afrinic registry,
> 
> The board  just need to do an impact analysis of the GDPR on the Afrinic 
> Company and share with members.
> 
> Just off my head, the data within the registry (IP, Whois, etc) would need to 
> be protected. Essentially, if we have some data sitting in our Mauritius/SA 
> registries and it relates to European citizens/subject then we need to review 
> it in light of the GDPR requirements.  Essentially EU citizens/residents have 
> a whole list of rights to the data (consent, delete, etc) and whoever is 
> hosting it also has some obligations.
> 
> That's my 1bitcoin on the matter ;-)
> 
> walu. 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> On Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 9:08 AM, Owen DeLong <o...@delong.com 
> <mailto:o...@delong.com>> wrote:
> 
> 
>> On Apr 10, 2018, at 22:42 , Andrew Alston <andrew.als...@liquidtelecom.com 
>> <mailto:andrew.als...@liquidtelecom.com>> wrote:
>> 
>> Hi AfriNIC Board,
>>  
>> Can this board please *urgently* inform this community as to what 
>> preparations they have made as regards to compliance with the General Data 
>> Protection Regulations passed by the European Commision and the board will 
>> be in a position to give this community a full and complete report as to 
>> their GDPR compliance status and what will be changing before the 25th of 
>> May to ensure that when the GDPR comes into force AfriNIC is compliant.
> 
> Is Mauritius signatory to some treaty making them subject to GDPR?
>  
>> Considering that the regulation comes into force on the 25th of May 2018 – 
>> and AfriNIC is 100% holding data of EU Citizens, which makes them subject to 
>> the regulations irrespective of the fact that they are domiciled in 
>> Mauritius – this is an urgent and critical issue.  It has direct impact on 
>> the whois database, abuse contact information, handling of data submitted 
>> during application process and potentially even the proposed review policy, 
>> just to name a few things that I can think of off the top of my head – and 
>> cannot be ignored.  I would in fact have liked to have seen discussions by 
>> the board in the minutes that have been published about the GDPR long before 
>> now – considering the impact – but failing that – the question is now being 
>> asked.
> 
> It’s not about EU Citizens. It’s about EU Residents. (Common misconception 
> about GDPR).
> 
> Further, unless your in a silly country that was dumb enough to sign a treaty 
> extending EU’s legal reach into your sovereignty, such as the stupid congress 
> of the united States, then you can offer the EU a nice big Italian sign 
> language gesture regarding their GDPR and continue on with business as usual.
> 
> Owen
> 
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