OPPO KENYA FINED SH5 MILLION FOR INFRINGING ON DATA PRIVACY .

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Oppo Kenya shop in Nairobi City.

BY SAM ALFAN.

Mobile phone manufacturer Oppo has been slapped with a Sh5 million fine for breach of data privacy after using a man’s photo on Instagram without his consent.

The office of the Data Protection Commissioner slapped Oppo Kenya for infringing on the privacy of the complainant by using their photo in the company’s instagram account, without his consent.

A statement from Data Commissioner said the company was issued with first penalty notice as a result of neglect or default to comply with an enforcement notice against it.

The Data Commissioner said Oppo Kenya has refused to co-operate with the ODPC by among others failing to adduce or develop a policy for compliance with sections 34 of the Act.

The Act provides that a person shall not use, for commercial, personal data, unless permission has been sought.

“Oppo Kenya has also failed to adduce a data protection policy pursuant to the enforcement notice issued and proof that it has developed an internal complaints mechanism to address data subjects’ complaint,” said Data Commissioner.

Data Commissioner Immaculate Kassait urged the entities to comply with Data Protection Act by implementing data protection principles and safeguard to all processing activities that relate to the collection, storage and other processing of personal data and sensitive personal data.


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