Kenyan authorities want to monitor Internet
Kenya’s Communication Commission (CCK) revealed that they have installed an Internet monitoring device which will assist in the early detection and prevention of cyber-crime incidents in the African nation.
Kenya’s Assistant Minister for Communication George Khaniri said that the monitoring system was the initiative of the Kenya Computer Incident Response Team Coordination Centre and added that it is the CCK’s duty to protect its Internet users from harm.
“The system monitors Internet traffic to detect any potential cyber threats or any bad things happening on the Internet,” he said.
But the Assistant minister was quick to stress that it was not in place to spy on Kenyans’ Internet habits and the websites they visit. “It is a passive system and not a tool for spying on users. The system cannot be used to block access to the Internet at all,” he confirmed.
He added that the CCK will sign non-disclosure agreements (NDA) with several organisations to ensure privacy and that data gathered will only be used for the intended purpose.
“The reverse will apply where the partner organisations will be required to adhere to strict confidentiality agreements. The monitoring system is a component of the Kenya’s National Cyber Security Framework and any cases of infringement of the rights of Kenyans will be handled in line with the existing related legal instruments and provisions,” he concluded.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor