In Summary
  • The move was commended by the cloud computing arm of Amazon, which announced that the law paves the way for associated investments that will enable Nairobi join other global cities as an edge location.
  • The new law establishes the office of the data commissioner and sets out requirements for protection of personal data processed by both public and private entities.
  • It also sets out conditions for the transfer of personal data outside Kenya and outlines data handling offences and attendant penalties.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday signed into law a bill to regulate collection, retrieval, processing, storage, use and disclosure of personal data.

The move was commended by the cloud computing arm of Amazon, which announced that the law paves the way for associated investments that will enable Nairobi join other global cities as an edge location.

This means the capital will host a fast content delivery network (CDN) service that securely delivers data, videos, applications, and APIs to customers globally with low latency, high transfer speeds.

DATA COMMISSIONER

The new data law, following President Kenyatta's signing of Data Protection Bill, 2019, establishes the office of the data commissioner and sets out requirements for protection of personal data processed by both public and private entities.

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

It also sets out conditions for the transfer of personal data outside Kenya and outlines data handling offences and attendant penalties.

The Act further provides for the exemptions to processing of data.

WEB SERVICES

President Kenyatta signed the bill at State House in Nairobi in the presence of National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, majority leader Aden Duale, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua, ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru, Attorney-General Paul Kihara and State House Deputy Chief of Staff Njee Muturi.

Separately, he met visiting executives of Amazon Web Services (AWS), an enterprise of American e-commerce giant Amazon that offers cloud computing services, led by Vice President Teresa Carlson.

During the meeting, a follow-up to one that took place when the President visited Washington in 2018, the AWS VP congratulated President Kenyatta on the law and informed him of Amazon's plans to set up an "edge location" in Nairobi.

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