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Group Calls for Stronger Provisions in Draft Bill

PRIVACY LAW—KENYA

November 10, 2011

The Draft Kenya Data Protection Bill 2009 is "critically limited" and should be revised to come into line with international standards on freedom of expression and information. That's according to human rights organization Article 19, which says it supports the adoption of data protection laws--increasingly being implemented in African countries--but that Kenya's draft bill only covers data held by public authorities and is "significantly weaker" than most data protection laws, which apply to private companies, nonprofits and other entities. Article 19 recommends the bill be extended to private entities, ensure funding for the governing commission and provide individuals full access to their records, among other changes.  
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