Recently the European Union forged the General Data Protection Regulation to ensure data privacy protection for its European citizens. Since then, many companies have been falling in line to adhere to the rules that stress proper uses of private information belonging to online users. This includes tech giants like Google, Facebook, Twitter among others. Basically, for any application you download or for any social media activity or online use of a social sharing nature, new rules and regulations apply. This has also affected peoples in African nations. You may have gotten an email or two asking if you comply to receiving their newsletters or that they are updating their privacy statement or terms and conditions of use. This is one of the effects, and most are positive.
However, its hard to know details of the new improved laws when very few take time to read the fine print; and as important as it is, these companies bank on our ignorance and hope that we will not read the fine print and discover any loopholes in their new agreements. The GDPR is effective may 25th therefore, the race is on to update those privacy policies. Failure to do so could lead to several different lawsuits and a bad reputation like Facebook had for a while. It depends on the consequences of the actions or inactions to abide by the law.
Some of the advantages of the new regulations include, accounts being private by default and not vice versa, companies must state why they need your data and how it will be used. They must also state who they will share it with and for what purpose for your own knowledge and safety. This enables users to also delete their data should they choose to delete their accounts altogether. The new rules also give Europeans the chance to opt out of Google’s powerful analytics and data harvesting behavior-based advertising.
The Kenyan national assembly also passed the Computer and Cybercrime Bill as a step to halt cybercrime and protect both Kenyan citizens and their businesses. Kenyans love taking loans and we have seen loan apps and banks use the collective data from our phones to assess your eligibility to take on loans in the blink of an eye based on our history. The idea is to opt-in for information and not for companies to misuse your information because they have your contacts. The government also gazette policy experts to come up with a policy and regulation framework for privacy and data collection. Source: Daily Nation Blog