BSA & Galexia Global Coud Computing Scorecard (2018) - Galexia Analytics Release

2018 Rank 15. South Africa - Score: 57.33 | Change from 2016 - Rank: -1

South Africa’s comprehensive privacy law is gradually being implemented. The country also has some useful cybercrime and electronic commerce laws in place.

However, some limited Internet filtering and censorship still occurs, which may inhibit development of the digital economy, and South Africa has only very basic copyright laws, which are not aligned with current international best practice. In Mid-2015, the Government of South Africa started a process to amend the copyright law, but the process has faced considerable delays. South Africa has not yet signed the WIPO Copyright Treaty.

Another potential barrier in South Africa is the existence of a complex system of domestic preferences in government procurement opportunities.

South Africa has low levels of broadband penetration, but they have been improving in recent years. The government released ambitious targets in December 2013 for the South Africa Connect plan.

South Africa’s ranking in the 2018 Scorecard fell slightly — from 14th to 15th — based largely on the rebalancing of the Scorecard methodology.

The rank for South Africa in this year's Scorecard is:
- 15th overall,
- 14th for legal and policy, and
- 20th for IT readiness and broadband deployment.

Within legal and policy themes for cloud readiness South Africa has the following rankings:
- 12th for data privacy
- 19th for security
- 11th for cybercrime
- 15th for intellectual property rights
- 8th for standards and international harmonization
- 16th for promoting free trade

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