President Uhuru Kenyatta has poposed Immaculate Kassait for the post
The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner is an office established by section 5 (i) of the Data Protection Act, 2019. It is designated as a State Office in accordance with Article 260 (q) of the Constitution.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has poposed Immaculate Kassait for the post.
Ms Kassait is a former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) director in charge ofvoter registration and election operations. She beat 9 others who had been shortlisted; they include Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) interim director general Mercy Wanjau, Kemu University deputy vice-chancellor David Gichoya, and ICT Authority deputy director Thomas Odhiambo are also eyeing the new seat expected to set new standards on how personal and company information is handled, stored and shared; University of Nairobi Computer Science lecturer Brian Gichana, lawyer Anthony Akelo, Universal Services Advisory Council member Dr Kennedy Okong’o, and a former National Police Commission member Murshid Mohamed, a Neural Networks in predicting quality metrics for component-based software systems engineer Dr Tobias Mbithi and the National Taskforce on Data Protection member John Walubengo.
The Public Service Commission (PSC) conducted interviews in July.
The new office that will look into data privacy and protection matters comes eight months after President Uhuru Kenyatta assented to the Data Protection Act on November 8, 2019.
Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) quest to recruit a substantive DG has been halted severally since August last year, the latest being that by the Information Communication Technology Association of Kenya (ICTAK) who moved to court accusing the communications regulator of manipulating the recruitment process.
Kassait is now awaiting vetting by parliament.