A highlight of media coverage of the digital DNA database issue.
Ex-MP lauds move to use DNA samples in persons’ registration
On the face of it, the bill sought to introduce the issuance of
multi-purpose identity cards and for connected purposes where a person’s
details including tax, travel, medical cover, education, social security
and driving licences which are captured in different documents are
However, the trove of personal data for Kenyans allowed under the law,
which Mr Nyamai spearheaded also, include DNA and dental profiles and GPS
New State registry raises fears over data protection
…..All Kenyans will be registered afresh through the National Integrated
Identity Management System (NIMS) where they will be issued with a unique
Huduma number that will be linked to their personal data. This will further
be cross-referenced with data sets in other State agencies such as the
Lands registry, National Social Security Fund, National Hospital Insurance
Fund and the Kenya Revenue Authority, among others.
The NIMS database will also contain one’s DNA and biometric information,
and the GPS location of all Kenyans through an amendment to the
Registrations of Persons Act signed by the President early this month.
While the Government says the enhanced NIMS and Huduma number will enhance
public service delivery and national security, some organisations have
raised concern that the opaque execution of the project is open to abuse.
Il giorno mar 22 gen 2019 alle ore 21:59 Warigia Bowman via kictanet <
email@example.com> ha scritto:
> This is disturbing. I am quite sure that the US government does not have
> the right to take DNA samples from citizens.
> Biometric data is not the same as DNA, rather it may include fingerprints
> and eyescans. This is a move towards a surveillance state.
> On Tue, Jan 22, 2019 at 6:24 AM gertrude matata via kictanet <
> firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> Dear Listers,
>> The amendment to the Act seems to have ignored Article 31(c) of the
>> Constitution. This being a constitutional issue, there is probably a need
>> to subject it to constitutional interpretation on;
>> what was the intention of the article in providing that such
>> information should not be unnecessarily required or revealed;
>> Whether such details being availed to persons registry clerks is
>> defeating that intent;
>> and whether the circumstances demand the “unnecessarily” revealed bar
>> to be lifted.
>> It is worthy to ponder the situation in terms of whether giving
>> such information might not create inborn terror,
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>> On Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 2:14:05 PM GMT+3, Karanja Marigu via
>> kictanet <email@example.com> wrote:
>> This is a classical move that also was taken by USA after 911. What do we
>> expect next? Marshal law??
>> Terrorism is not a justification to take away our privacy rights and
>> collect data. What they will do with all that data, only God knows.
>> Best Regards,
>> Karanja Marigu,
>> ‘Purpose fuels passion’
>> On Tue, 22 Jan 2019 at 09:10, Magdalene Kariuki via kictanet <
>> firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> Dear fellow listers,
>> Happy New Year (albeit late).
>> Thank you Grace for sharing this information.
>> Just a few concerns about privacy of persons and the protection and use
>> of information.
>> While I appreciate and understand the need for Government to address
>> issues relating to threats to security (assuming that this is where the
>> need for such kind of information stems from), what kind of guarantees are
>> there that ensure this information is not traded? What kind of data
>> protection mechanisms are in place?
>> or have these concerns already been raised and addressed in the new
>> On Mon, Jan 21, 2019 at 12:16 PM Grace Bomu via kictanet <
>> email@example.com> wrote:
>> Full story here
>> Il giorno lun 21 gen 2019 alle ore 14:51 Grace Bomu <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> ha scritto:
>> The government is now free to collect data on Kenyans’ DNA and physical
>> location of their homes including satellite details during registration of
>> This follows President Uhuru Kenyatta’s approval of amendments to the
>> Registration of Persons Act that has included the two to the list of
>> requirements needed at the national people’s registry.
>> Adults applying for documents such as IDs will be required to provide
>> additional information about their location, including land reference
>> number, plot number or house number.
>> The mi