Immaculate Kassait [photto: Techweez]
Nov, 17th 2020 – Immaculate Kassait, was sworn in as the country’s first ever data commissioner. The oath was administered, by Hon. Sharon Mwayuli from the office of the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary and presided over by Court of Appeal Registrar, Moses Serem.
This follows her appointment by President Uhuru Kenyatta, after the national assembly approved her nomination. Kassait, who until her nomination was the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s Director of Voter Registration and Election Operations, was vetted by the House Committee on Communication, Information and Innovation Committee.
As the Data Commissioner, she will be responsible for the execution of the Data Protection Act with duties such as exercising surveillance on data processing operations, promoting self-regulation among data controllers, promoting international cooperation in data protection related issues and conducting research on data processing development.
During her vetting, she assured that she will warrant protection of Citizens data and fight against cyber crime. She said, “Given the opportunity, I am willing and ready to work to ensure that regulations are in place to ensure that data protection in Kenya becomes a reality and Kenya is placed in Africa second after Ghana as a trailblazer in ensuring personal data is protected.”
The data protection Act was passed in November 2019.