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Kenya Govt Advertises Data Protection Commissioner With 6 Year Tenure

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The government has advertised for the position of Data Protection Commissioner by the Public Service Commission(PSC).

“The Data Commissioner shall be appointed for a single term of six (6) years and shall not be eligible for a re-appointment,” says the PSC in the public notice inviting suitable candidates for the job.

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.

According to the PSC, the candidate needs to have graduated with a degree or a master’s degree in any of the following fields from a university recognized in Kenya: Data Science; Law; Information Technology or any other related field.

The candidate should have the knowledge and relevant experience of not less than ten (10) years.

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The Data Protection Bill, 2019, was signed into law on the 8th of November 2019.

The law regulates the collection and processing of data in Kenya. 

It introduces obligations to persons who collect and process data whose infringement would lead to stiff penalties of an administrative fine of up to Ksh 5 million or in case of an undertaking, up to 1% of its annual turnover of the preceding year or whichever is lower.

 According to the law, “The Data Protection Commissioner is obligated to implement the Act, establish and maintain a register of data controllers and data processors, exercising oversight on data processing operations and receiving/ investigating any complaint by any person on infringement of the rights under the Act.”

All applications should reach the Public Service Commission on or before 14th April, 2020.

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