PRIVACY IN THIS DIGITAL ERA

An opinion article on privacy in this digital era

Nov 5, 2023 - 17:13
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PRIVACY IN THIS DIGITAL ERA

Privacy in the digital era, particularly in Kenya is a topic of increasing significant as our lives become more interconnected and data- driven.Its a complex issue,and the balance between convenience and safeguarding our personal information is delicate.

The rapid expansion of digital services and mobile connectivity has made data more accessible than ever before. While this has undeniably improved our lives, it also poses a significant risk to privacy.Our online activities, transactions, and even our locations are constantly being tracked.The question is Are we doing enough to protect our personal data?

Kenya, like many nations, has seen a proliferation of data breaches and cyberattacks.Personal information, if mishandled can end up in the wrong hands, leading to identify theft , financial fraud,or even blackmail.The legal framework for data protection in Kenya has been strengthened with the introduction of the data protection act, but it's enforcement and public awareness need improvement.

Moreover, social media and online ,both self - expression and surveillance.The I information we willingly share on these platforms can be exploited for targeted advertising or more malicious purposes.Striking a balance between enjoying the benefits of connectivity and safeguarding our privacy requires informed choices, robust data protection measures and responsible behavior.

In conclusion, the digital era has presented us with incredible opportunities,butit has also made us more vulnerable to privacy invasions.Its imperative that individuals, businesses and policy makers in Kenya work together to ensure the responsible use of personal data and create a culture of digital privacy awareness.As we navigate this digital landscape,we must remember that our personal information is a valuable asset that requires protection in this age of data- driven connectivity.

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