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Chief Justice, Martha Koome Calls for Robust Data Privacy Enforcement at NADPA Conference

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Chief Justice Martha Koome emphasized the importance of robust data privacy enforcement during the opening ceremony of the 9th Network of African Data Protection Authorities (NADPA) Annual General Meeting and Conference held at the Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club in Nairobi.

“Privacy is not just a legal obligation, it’s a fundamental right,” Chief Justice Koome declared.

She underscored its importance in constitutions and international human rights instruments, acting as the cornerstone for individual autonomy, dignity, and trust in the digital world.

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“As custodians of citizens’ personal data, it is our duty to ensure that their rights to privacy are respected and upheld. The importance of data protection lies not just in compliance with laws, but in upholding the trust and confidence that citizens place in public institutions,” the CJ noted.

Balancing Rights and Efficiency

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The Chief Justice highlighted the dual responsibility of data protection authorities: ensuring citizens’ privacy rights are respected while enabling efficient data sharing between public institutions.

“Collaboration is key,” she stated, advocating for unified data collection practices across sectors. “By working together, we can minimize redundant data collection and intrusive practices, leading to increased transparency, reduced bureaucracy, and a more efficient justice system.”

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Africa as a Leader in Data Protection

Chief Justice Koome envisioned a future where African nations champion data protection.

“Through collaboration, we can establish data ecosystems that serve public interests while safeguarding privacy rights,” she said. “Africa can become a leader, setting global data protection standards.”

The conference comes at a crucial time for Kenya, as the Chief Justice noted: “Our courts are actively developing legal interpretations to uphold data privacy protections.”

The 9th NADPA conference serves as a platform for African data protection authorities to share best practices, discuss challenges, and collaborate towards a future where data privacy is respected across the continent.

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