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The session will focus on the embrace of biometric data capturing technology in African countries, premised on the need to curb crime and address emerging terrorism challenge across many African States. However, corruption has encouraged proliferation of these processes with Government contractors selling same technology to serve same purpose for different government agencies. The bigger problem is the disregard for rights to privacy of citizens in all of the data mining activities. This event is targeted at Civil Society, Internet Freedom Advocates, Human Rights Activists, Communications and Data Regulatory Agencies. The session will examine what is happening in various African countries. The goal is to agree on strategies that can may applied in defending Citizen’s right to privacy in the wake of abuse and identified issues around Data Mining activities in Africa. This will form part of the general Digital rights advocacy on the continent and will prepare relevant organization for a robust response to government initiated data mining activities and abuse of such data. We also hope that the session will create a platform of engagement for African advocates even beyond the RightsCon event. Also we will love to see the Roundtable take place in front of an audience.