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The new Statistical Code Rules in CCTV Image Handling

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Churches, homeowners, learning institutions and security companies using CCTV cameras will be required to protect personal data captured on devices. Regulations drafted by Kenya’s Statistics Commissioner Immaculate Kassait mimic EU data protection laws that seek to penalize institutions that do not use personal data.

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This comes amid increased adoption of CCTV cameras in homes and businesses in an effort to increase security.

The regulations also require political activists, banks, gaming and betting companies, credit record offices and taxi issuance programs to obtain the necessary authorization of data administrators or processors before obtaining personal information.

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Data processors will be required to pay a certification fee of Sh250,000 while businesses will be charged an annual refundable fee of Sh1,000 to Sh20,000 depending on the number of employees, sales and risk of disclosure of personal information.

The Data Protection Act requires all processors to handle personal information legally, fairly and in a transparent manner. Data managers will also be required to inform customers about the use of their data and to correct or delete any false representations about them.

Sensitive data such as health status, marital status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, biological data and children’s names have also been guaranteed special protection in the Act.

In addition, the transfer of personal data outside Kenya is prohibited unless data processors obtain clear authorization and guarantee that the information will be protected against misuse.

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