Amendment to Kenya's ID law raises privacy concerns

11th February 2019 News 17 Views

The Kenyan Parliament recently amended the country’s national ID law, requiring all citizens, immigrants and refugees to share their DNA, GPS coordinates and various biometric data before receiving identification documents, but it is unclear how the amendment would operate given the country’s constitutional right to privacy, Mozilla reports. Under the amendment, a National Integrated Identity Management System would consolidate the personal information in databases before generating a unique identifier, known as Huduma Namba. The report states that prior to the amendment, the government only required a person’s name, date and place of birth, place of residence, and postal address before issuing ID cards. Next month, Parliament is expected to consider the proposed Data Protection Bill of 2018 that is reported to also be at odds with the NIIMS amendment.Full Story

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