Immaculate Kassait was on Monday sworn-in as Kenya’s first Data Commissioner.
Kassait took her oath of office in a ceremony presided over by the Registrar of Court of Appeal Moses Serem. The oath was administered by Hon. Sharon Mwayuli from the office of the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary.
Until her appointment to the position by President Kenyatta, Kassait served as the Director of Voter Registration and Election Operations at Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). She will serve for a non-renewable term of six years.
In her new role as the Data Commissioner, she will be responsible for the enforcement of the Data Protection Act, which was passed in November 2019.
Her duties will include exercising oversight on data processing operations, promoting self-regulation among data controllers, promoting international cooperation in data protection related issues, and conducting research on data processing development.
During her vetting by the National Assembly’s Committee on Communication, Information, and Innovation, Kassait promised to guarantee the protection of citizens’ data and fight against cybercrime.
“Given the opportunity, I am willing and ready to work to ensure that regulations are in place to ensure that data protection in Kenya becomes a reality, and Kenya is placed in Africa second after Ghana as a trailblazer in ensuring personal data is protected,” she said.
Kassait holds a Bachelor’s Degree in law from Makerere Univerity and a Masters in Business Administration from the United States International University Africa (USIU).