President Uhuru Kenyatta appoints Immaculate Kassait as Kenya’s first Data Commissioner for a period of 6 years.
As the Data Commissioner, she will be responsible for the enforcement of the Data Protection Act with duties such as exercising oversight 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.
Kassait who is currently the Director for Voter Education, Partnership and Communication at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) was vetted and endorsed by the National Assembly.
The chairperson of the Committee on Communication, Information, and Innovation William Kisang moved a special motion for the house to approve Kassait’s nomination as data commissioner.
The committee vetted Kassait on Tuesday 3 November following her nomination by the Head of State on October 13.
In the report, Kisang endorsed Kassait on the grounds that she has a Masters degree and a Bachelors in law degree which are the basic requirement for the appointment.
Furthermore, the committee was content with Kassait’s experience and achievements as a Director at the IEBC where she oversaw the development of voter registration strategy and the implementation of voter registration plan that increased the number of registered voters from 14.3 million to 19.6 million.
When questioned about the digital economy, Kassait said that she will promote the protection of personal data to encourage innovations among the youth and boost confidence for both local and foreign investors.
In addition, she pointed out that data protection increases the compliance level of multinational companies.
“By making sure that the data is secure, that the youth can innovate better then we should be able to grow the economy by volumes because we will have more people coming to invest in this country,” Kassait said.
She committed to raise the bar high and ensure that Kenya is among the top countries that protect personal information for her citizens.