We live in a data-driven world. Almost every transaction and interaction you have involves you sharing personal data. You share data online too, every time you visit a website, search for or buy something, use social media or send an email. On daily basis, vast amounts of personal data are collected, transmitted and stored globally by ever growing computing and communication technologies. Generally, much of today’s data consists of personal data relating to individuals.
As a result personal data protection is increasingly becoming a critical area that requires to be managed carefully. Kenya like other countries has been experiencing technological growth that has impacted the way personal data is generated, processed, stored and distributed.
Both the public and private sectors collect, use and transfer Personal Data at an unprecedented scale and for multiple purposes. Sharing data helps make life easier, more convenient and connected, however, the unregulated and arbitrary use of Personal Data has raised concerns regarding the privacy and control over such data by the data subject. Data protection law makes sure everyone’s data is used properly, legally and safeguarded.