Huduma numbers are Illegal- The High Court



Huduma numbers are Illegal- The High Court

Summary

  • The high court declared huduma numbers illegal after it was publicly known that the huduma number are going against the Data protection Act
  • Law enforcer and Katiba institute, Yash Pal Gai ensured that he sued the national government after they released the Huduma numbers to the public without conducting a Data Protection Assessment test.

Huduma numbers are Illegal- The High Court

The high court ruled that the huduma numbers should no longer be legal as it defies the Data protection Act despite the national government using more than ten billion Kenyan shillings in that project. The high court judge Julius gave the verdict that the government should be in a good position to perform Data assessment before dishing out the huduma numbers to the public in order to protect the citizen’s private information. Law enforcer and Katiba institute Yash Pal Gai ensured that he head sued the national government for their failure to perform Data assessment before dishing out the huduma numbers to the public.

Huduma numbers are Illegal


Professor Ghai together with the Lobby group claimed that lack of data assessment can lead to data loss and privacy breaches. They also argued that the government went against section 31 of the Data Protection Act by not conducting a Data assessment test before dishing the huduma numbers to the public. Back on 18th November 2019, when Joe Mucheru announced that they will introduce huduma numbers of which should be the main source of a citizen’s or a foreigner’s private information. The high court claimed that the processing of NIIMS of which includes children’s data and biometrics can be risky as the data can be easily breached.

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The high court ruled against the government and argued that it violated the Data Protection Act found in section 31. The case was listened to earlier, where different organizations claimed that the data could be deleted, destroyed, stolen, or be used for fraud activities. The data is also exposed to malicious use, hacks, mismatch, and wrongful entries. It is high time that you restrain from using your huduma number as the high court termed it illegal.


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