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Kenya Data Protection Act

Kenya has promulgated a Data Protection Act….

The Data Protection Bill that has been a subject of discussion for years, was passed into law on 8 November 2019 when the president assented to it. The Data protection Bill 2019, follows the path taken by the European Union in enacting the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018 and makes Kenya the third country in East Africa to have legislation dedicated to data protection.

This law was expedited following concerns raised over the Huduma Namba registration exercise, with those opposed to the process raising concern about the safety of citizen’s personal data collected by the Government.

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