About the Data Commissioner

Ms. Immaculate Kassait, MBS was appointed as the first Data Protection Commissioner on 12th November 2020 by his H.E the President, following a competitive recruitment process by the Public Service Commission (PSC) and vetting by the National Assembly.

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Ms. Kassait is an advocate of the high court of Kenya. She holds a Global Executive Masters of Business Administration from United States International University, Post Graduate Diploma in Law KSL, LLB (Honours) from Makerere University. She is also an accredited Building Resources in Elections Democracy and Governance Facilitator.

Previously she worked at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for close to 11 years as a director; Voter Education Partnerships and Communication and; Voter Registration and Electoral Operations. She has also worked at the Institute for Education in Democracy (IED) and the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA Kenya).

Ms. Kassait is a member of the Law Society of Kenya, East Africa Law Society and FIDA Kenya.

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Immaculate Kassait

ODPC's Mandate

The mandate of the Data Protection Commissioner is provided under section 8(1) of the Data Protection Act, 2019. Some of the functions of the office of the Data Protection Commissioner are:

Establishing and maintaining a register of data controllers and data processors while exercising oversight on data processing operations and verify whether the processing of data is done in accordance with Data Protection Act,2019 Act.

Promoting self-regulation among data controllers and data processors, conducting an assessment to ascertain whether information is processed
according to the provisions of the Act or any other relevant law.

The office will also carry out inspections of public and private entities to evaluate the processing of personal data and compliance to the Data Protection Act, 2019.

The office will also carry out inspections of public and private entities to evaluate the processing of personal data and compliance to the Data Protection Act, 2019.

Ensures reasonable access to data protection services in all parts of the Republic

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