Kenya: Ghai gets nod to petition Huduma Namba roll-out

Published: 26/Nov/2020
Source: Business Daily (Nairobi)

The High Court has allowed Katiba Institute and law scholar Yash Pal Ghai permission to challenge the roll-out of Huduma Namba cards over lack of guarantees of theft or misuse of Kenyans personal information.

The lobby group and Prof Ghai argued that the State failed to subject the fresh registration of Kenyans to data protection impact assessment (DPIA) — a requirement under the law.

The assessment is aimed at flagging risks that could reveal breaches of privacy, loss data and unlawful use of information like names, date of birth, postcode and residences.

Kenyans will start receiving Huduma Namba cards from next week in a gradual rollout that will see current national identity cards invalidated in December next year.

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Themes: Cartes d’identité et passeports
Regions: Kenya
Year: 2020