Personal data collected by institutions will be held accountable by the Data Protection Commissioner Immaculate Kassait for the aim of protecting personal information and secrecy.
According to Kassait, in order to avoid complaints about the infringement of personal rights, both public and private enterprises must conform to the Data Protection Act as enshrined in the Constitution.
“Information taken by institutions should be kept confidential and out of the reach of the general public, in order to prevent instances of data theft for the purposes of fraud, abuse, and discrimination,” she said.
At the same time, she warned Kenyans not to share too much personal information, stating that her office will continue to raise awareness about data protection in order to help Kenyans adopt a data-protection culture.
Speaking at the SemaNaSpox program, an interactive session between government spokesperson Colonel (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna and citizens on Facebook and Zoom, Kassait said the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs has put in place a framework and regulation that requires institutions using peoples information to identify themselves and to utilise it in accordance with the law.
When dealing with personal information, she urged all political parties and businesses to adhere to the rule of law, emphasizing that misuse of data is a criminal.
An opt-in or opt-out button should be provided for customers who get unwanted messages from companies or political parties, she added. Those who do not comply with the Data Protection Act and correct their information within 30 days face a fine.
According to Kassait, the National Assembly has been presented with three draft regulations on data protection.
That's what she stated, and it's what the Act will do for the country's blue economic print, which will make Kenya a better place to live, encourage investment, as well as control the information space to keep it safe.
When speaking on behalf of the Government of Kenya, Spokesperson Colonel (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna stated that the country is heading towards national elections and the government has implemented procedures to ensure that personal information in its custody is only utilized for the intended purpose.
According to Oguna, the government is utilizing the National Government Administration Officers (NGAO) to educate the people on how to submit their personal data, including their pin number, in order to avoid providing unneeded information that is unsolicited.
“Data collectors should be held accountable for safeguarding personal data and obtaining consent from data subjects before disclosing it. The public has been inundated with data without their consent,” he insisted.
Because it's a tool for government and to make it easier for Kenyans to identify themselves by utilizing a single source, Huduma Namba cards will not be utilized in the next round of elections, he told Kenyans.
Oguna stated that the Huduma Namba card is currently inactive and that the public would be alerted by the government when its operationalization begins.
He said that the government has printed 11 million Huduma Namba cards thus far, of which 9 million have been collected, and noted that another 6 million are still to be made.
“There are 2 million uncollected cards in Huduma offices, according to the government spokesperson, and those who haven't checked the status of their cards can do so at ttps://confirmation.hudumanamba.go.ke,” he added.
He also announced that phase II Huduma card registration will be launched to allow people who missed out on the first round of registration to do so, and that the exercise would continue.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.