New-era privacy law drafted to protect Tunisians from the surveillance state

Tunisia’s data protection authority is in the process of amending the country’s 2004  privacy law, which will regulate the use of personal data.

Hacking into activists’ emails, tapping into dissidents’ phone calls, or installing surveillance cameras in the homes of political opponents were common practices during the reign of Zeine el-Abidin Ben Ali. Amending this particular law section related to the processing of personal data by public entities, would place the State and its organs under the scrutiny of the INPDP.