Kenya like most African countries has in recent years looked East for business; though mostly in form of loans for development projects from China. We all know too well how tight-grip the government of China has over the internet. Everything is vetted and closely monitored.
It would appear Kenya government borrowed more than just loans for development projects. It has borrowed the tight-hands China government has over the internet. It is reported that the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) is looking for a consultant who will do a study and determine how the government could regulate the over-the-top services. That includes WhatsApp, Facebook, Skype, and Hangout among other OTT app.
This move will necessitate internet service providers in the countries and telcos share their customers’ private data with the government. The CA is seeking ways it can control the OTT apps, which are mostly not domiciled in Kenya.
As per the CA regulations, owners of these OTT services must have to comply with the “security and confidentiality provisions.” The proposed law could also be benched on how telecommunications companies are expected to comply with requests from security agencies …read more