Privacy and Security Concerns Associated with Mobile Money Applications in Africa

Categories : Cybersecurity, Regulation of Digital Financial Services



The rapid adoption of mobile money use in Africa raises concerns regarding the privacy and security of users, particularly in light of Financial Action Task Force recommendations requiring user transparency and the collection of transaction data. The transparency required of the now-financially-included—particularly in nations with weak adherence to the rule of law and limited privacy protections—leaves users vulnerable to abuse. Further, the increasing complexity of mobile phone use that is indicative of mobile money applications raises concerns regarding Africa’s preparedness for heightened security threats that come hand in hand with increased use. To address these problems, the authors of this Article recommend specific policy actions by African nations to improve consumer privacy and cybersecurity, supported by policies of industrialized nations like the United States and responsible corporate behavior.