NAIROBI, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's President William Ruto on Friday launched the country's data protection registration system as the east African nation moved to safeguard personal information amid a boom in digital transactions.
President Ruto said at the launch in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, that the data protection system will help Kenya accelerate its quest to be a fully digital economy.
"This data system was developed by the Kenyan youth and has already been used to register and certify over 1,700 data processors and handlers. Thousands of others will be registered going forward," he said.
He noted that Kenya, through the data protection registration system, has moved to seize opportunities that come with the ongoing fourth industrial revolution that has radically changed lives and transformed the way things are done across the world.
Ruto said the government will ensure that terrorists and other criminal elements do not hide behind the data protection laws to perpetrate crimes.
He further said Kenya will not use its data protection laws to violate the rights of citizens and stifle access to information, adding that Kenya will conclude the domestication of the African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection adopted in 2014.
Kenya is among 33 countries in Africa that have ratified the convention that establishes a framework for cybersecurity in the continent.