High Court declares Huduma Namba roll out illegal

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The High Court has declared the Huduma Namba roll out illegal on grounds of being in conflict with the Data Protection Act, 2019.

Delivering the verdict, Justice Jairus Ngaah ordered the government to conduct a data protection impact assessment in accordance with section 31 of the Act as the cards have already been rolled out.

However, the court noted that a plea which sought to have the Huduma number roll out stopped is of no use since the government has already rolled out the exercise of Huduma Cards.

In the case, Katiba Institute moved to court to stop the roll out of the cards by the State, arguing that there is no data protection impact assessment as per Section 31 of the Data Protection Act, 2019.

They argued that by rolling out the Huduma number the respondents flouted the judgement of the court issued early last year.

“The Data Protection Act rights to privacy were guaranteed the moment the constitution was promulgated …,” they argued

The government however objected the case saying that the Act does not apply in the case before the court.

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