MPESA ‘Hakikisha’ Privacy Issues

Unfortunately on this issue, corporates are purposefully having the fine
print knowing well that 99.9% of customers would not read. This IS a SAFETY
NET for them in case one sues you would be pointed to the fine print which
you had appended your signature too without reading. I would actually put
it to *DISHONESTY* on the part of providers.

This calls for the regulator to enforce standardisation and simplification
of these so that wanjiku needs not a lawyer to translate the terms of such
contracts.

KICTANET & Lawyers Hub reps here should move this as an agenda.

On Thu, Jan 23, 2020, 6:22 PM Ali Hussein via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> Arya
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> The new Permission Marketing best practice is opt-in, NOT opt-out.
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> On Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 4:10 PM Arya Jeipea Karijo via kictanet <
> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
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>> I think they will argue that they have provided options for opting out.
>> But the thing is you have to go looking for it… it is not in your face.
>>
>> But as I have said before – the threshold of compliance with data
>> protection and also in getting users to read “software license agreements”
>> should be as high as the same level companies use to market their products.
>>
>> That means if a company can go all out with a video to advertise their
>> service… then the “Software license agreement” should be a fancy video…
>> “think of it a little bit like the little ones they have on the flights
>> telling you about safety” – in extreme case scenario the sales person
>> should “educate” the user into what they are signing up for.
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>> On Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 12:00 AM Nick Ngatia via kictanet <
>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
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>>> In 2020, Safaricom should do something about the data privacy concerns
>>> raised in various fora.
>>>
>>> I think one of the most controversial features that was introduced in
>>> 2019 was Hakikisha. Touted as a way to reduce money sent to the wrong
>>> recipients, it has become a major headache for those who are
>>> conscious about privacy of personal data. It is a good thing that you can
>>> only ‘hakikisha’ upto 5 times per day. However, this limit does not seem to
>>> work on mySafaricom app.
>>>
>>> The basic argument is that just because I need to send you money, you
>>> don’t have to know my full names as they appear on ID. Secondly, this
>>> service has been abused by fraudsters multiple times to access personal
>>> data that they should otherwise have not access to. The lack of a limit on
>>> MySafaricom App means that a fraudster can guess random Safaricom numbers
>>> and get their full names as they appear on ID many many times in a day.
>>> The problem is that Safaricom does not seem to do anything about all the
>>> concerns raised from different quarters about the Hakikisha feature.
>>>
>>> One viable recommendation has been to give each MPESA user a unique
>>> ‘SafaricomID’. This ID, whether numeric or alphanumeric, *should be
>>> displayed* when sending or receiving money via MPESA. In the Safaricom
>>> registry, this ID should mirror all the users legal data and can be easily
>>> accessed by an authorized person if an
>>> issue/crime/money-sent-to-the-wrong-person-case comes up. This simple
>>> action will cut down the fraudsters who propagate their business via mobile
>>> money by at least half.
>>>
>>> If you look at it deeply, I think it is your problem if you are not
>>> diligent enough and send money to a wrong number. You simply tell MPESA
>>> what to do just like you fill a transaction advice at a bank. You can’t
>>> blame the teller if you missed a digit when writing the account number and
>>> the money ended in the wrong account.
>>>
>>> Your phone number has now become a virtual nametag which you wear
>>> waiting for whoever cares, even strangers, to read your full names. I think
>>> this should stop in 2020!
>>>
>>> *And btw, anyone has a case study of the much hyped data protection law
>>> being implemented?*
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