The current political climate in Kenya is without a doubt polarized. While that is expected with any country set to go for the general elections in a little over a month’s time. Still, Kenya is facing a new kind of challenge; the challenge of an ‘all-seeing, all-knowing’ Big Brother putting his nose where it doesn’t belong.
These are the allegations being leveled against the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), which is installing a Device Management System (DMS) into telecommunications service networks, of potentially getting unauthorized access to users private information.
The CA says the DMS will allow it execute its function as a regulator to contain the use of fake and stolen devices in telecommunication networks. Kenya’s leading telecommunications service provider, Safaricom, says the failure by the CA to address its concerns over third parties getting unauthorized access to subscribers’ information warrants cause for alarm.
Safaricom has been consistent in making it public that it is uncomfortable with the CA’s move to install the DMS in telecommunications networks. The telecom says the CA has consistently failed to address privacy and security concerns they have about the DMS. The …read more