Kenya establishes office of Data Commissioner, as Uhuru signs crucial Data Protection bill

President Uhuru signs Data Protection Bill | PHOTO COURTESY

President Uhuru Kenyatta has today signed into law the Data Protection Bill 2019. 

The new data law establishes the office of the Data Commissioner and sets out the requirements for the protection of personal data processed by both public and private entities.

It further outlines key principles that will govern data processing, sets out the rights of data subjects and assigns duties to data controllers and data processors. 

In addition to setting the conditions for the transfer of personal data outside Kenya, the Act provides for the exemptions to processing of data and outlines data handling offences and attendant penalties.

The Bill was presented to the President for signature at State House Nairobi by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi. 

Also present were National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, ICT CS Joe Mucheru, Attorney General Paul Kihara and State House Deputy Chief of Staff Njee Muturi.