Should we worry about State plans to collect citizens’ DNA and location data?

What you need to know:

  • Various media reports show that the government intends to collect sensitive personal data from its citizens. Kenyans will be required to surrender their biometric and location data in order to acquire their national IDs.
  • If someone hacked the government databases and extracted the exact location of some senior politician’s residence and subsequently used that information to lay an assassination trap, who would be held responsible for the unfortunate outcome?
  • Whereas governments have every right to collect any data from citizens, they should only do so under established laws that clearly balance out citizen privacy rights against government propensity for abuse.

Various media reports show that the government intends to collect sensitive personal data from its citizens. Kenyans will be required to surrender their biometric and location data in order to acquire their national IDs.

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