Kenya recently set up the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner. This was after the passing and operationalising the Data Protection Act, 2019. This makes it a member of a small club of African states with a comprehensive data protection law and an oversight mechanism. Kenya joined a small club of 25 countries out of the 55 African Union member states.

Data Protection Authorities (DPA) are a cornerstone for any effective regime on protection, promotion and fulfilment of the right to privacy and data protection. DPAs have existed across Europe for over 50 years. In Africa, the first data protection laws are just about two decades and the data protection authorities are even younger.

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