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How Kenya's new personal data protection law could affect researchers

By Caleb Kibet, Bioinformatician, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology
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The risk of infringing on privacy is growing by the day given the increased frequency and granularity of the data being collected, and advances in the technology for processing them. This has, inevitably, led to the need for laws to secure personal data privacy.

Researchers and research data are not exempt: advances in big data analytics for research have driven the collection even more significant amounts of data. Researchers have traditionally self-regulated. But personal data protection laws have begun to increase restrictions. Researchers need to be aware.

In Kenya,…

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