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Opinion: Kenya Needs Privacy Laws

PRIVACY LAW—KENYA

August 3, 2010

In a Business Daily Africa editorial, Anne Kiunuhe describes the need for privacy legislation in Kenya, where there is no specific statute dealing with data protection or the right of privacy, just a few sectoral statutes which have "scanty provisions on data protection," she writes. Though telecommunications companies must obtain licenses containing provisions on customer data protection, they are regulated by the Communications Commission of Kenya and not by law. "In the absence of privacy laws, the right of privacy and data protection is left to be governed by contractual terms between the party disclosing the confidential information and the party receiving the same," Kiunuhe writes.
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