KENYA DRAFTING LAW TO PROTECT CONSUMER DATA

NAIROBI– The Kenyan government is drafting a law to protect consumers’ data handled by various companies operating in the country, says the Principal Secretary (Assistant Minister) for Information Communication Technology (ICT) at the ICT Ministry, Jerome Ochieng.

The Data Protection and Privacy Bill will ensure that the integrity of user information is not exploited for malicious purposes by the companies or third parties acquiring the information. The bill is currently undergoing a stakeholder input process.

The Computer Misuse and Cybercrime Act enacted in May already has provisions guarding against unauthorized access, interference and cyber espionage. This law includes provisions for fines of up to 20 million Shillings (about 200,000 US dollars) or a 10-year jail term for such offences in efforts to dissuade cybercrime.

In the wake of recently reported data breaches affecting some of the world largest technology firms, such as Facebook, which suffered a data breach from Cambridge Analytica where 87 million users’ personal information were harvested for undisclosed political purposes, Ochieng says the Bill will hold companies handling data responsible in case of infiltration.

A recent cyber-security report indicates that Africa lost at 200 billion shillings as a result of cyber attacks in 2016.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK