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This transient was written by the Centre for Mental Property and Info Know-how of Strathmore College in Kenya, a member of the Privateness Worldwide Community.

Key Factors

· The Centre for Mental Property and Info Know-how (CIPIT) is conducting analysis that investigates how misuse of the biometric information collected by the Impartial Electoral and Boundaries Fee (IEBC) might have an effect on Kenyan’s privateness.

· More and more extra delicate private information about Kenyans is being collected by authorities businesses and personal firms. Such information could be mined for patterns that inform automated choices makes use of past the unique consent for which an individual approved so risking their privateness.

· Our analysis is seeking to confirm studies that current databases on telecommunication subscriptions, inhabitants registers and voter registers had been mined to establish and attain out to unregistered voters primarily based on their geographical location.

· Kenyans want a knowledge safety laws to actualize their privateness rights to guard them from unauthorized information processing that facilitates discrimination, social sorting and mass surveillance.


CIPIT is at present investigating how the privateness of Kenyan residents was affected by way of biometric information throughout the simply concluded 2017 basic and repeat elections. The IEBC is remitted by regulation to register voters, confirm their registration particulars and conduct elections. Accordingly, the IEBC is the custodian of the general public voter register. There have been studies that people acquired SMS texts from candidates vying for varied political seats throughout the marketing campaign interval of the elections. These texts had been allegedly correct as to the place the people had been voting and to some extent, their political inclinations. Our analysis goal is to research such geo-targeting and profiling claims through telecommunication networks and their implications on the voter’s privateness and safety.

CIPIT’s Analysis Fellow on ICT Dr. Robert Muthuri mentioned:

“Biometric expertise was adopted to implement the Kriegler Fee suggestions in a bid to revive public belief and improve electoral justice. Given the delicate information being collected, such information applied sciences have to be adopted responsibly. In any other case these governing these applied sciences might reinforce inequity, restrict accountability and infringe on the privateness of people with important penalties. As an example, data that biometric information was used to sway the elections, might incite additional violence, defeating the aim for adopting biometrics within the first place. Subsequently, our adoption of knowledge applied sciences can’t be advert hoc; a transparent regulatory framework for privateness will assist stipulate applicable system necessities to handle the info lifecycle for biometric and different rising information applied sciences.”

Following the current swearing-in of the president that concluded the electioneering interval, and with the choice of parliamentary committee on ICT underway, we name on Parliament to re-initiate sector-wide stakeholder consultations on the Information Safety Invoice with a particular give attention to:

o The safety of biometric information and different varieties of delicate private information sorts;

o Regulation of the rising pattern by corporates to gather extreme and unwarranted quantities of biometric and different varieties of delicate and private information;

o Regulation of rising information applied sciences.

Background on Biometric Know-how in Kenyan Elections

Kenya was motivated to put money into biometric expertise to rebuild the belief damaged by entities that exploited the vulnerabilities of manufacturing, storing and authenticating a handbook register. Firstly, biometric voter registration would guarantee an correct voter register. Biometric verification on the polling station would make sure the individual looking for to vote is who s/he claims to be, and the outcomes may very well be transmitted to IEBC, decreasing probabilities of tampering whereas providing a trace-back for audit. The extent to which biometric expertise has improved the credibility of Kenyan elections continues to be a contested declare; the March 2013 elections and the just lately nullified August 2017 elections had been plagued with useful failure and restricted transparency respectively, regardless of being one of many costliest election worldwide, at $25.four per voter in opposition to the world common of $5 per voter.

The subsequent report on this challenge will probably be a extra in-depth evaluation of biometrics and elections.

CIPIT is glad to transient you with additional background data and/or extra data relating to these suggestions.

The Centre for Mental Property and Info Know-how (CIPIT) is a analysis centre at Strathmore Regulation Faculty that conducts analysis on Web coverage affecting the African continent.

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