Oppo Kenya Fined $47,000 for Privacy Infringement by Office of the Data Protection Commissioner

Hold on to your data, because we’ve got some news from Kenya’s Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) that will make you sit up straight. They’ve slapped Oppo Kenya with a hefty fine of 5 million Kenyan shillings, which is about $47,000, for playing fast and loose with someone’s privacy. Yikes!

According to the ODPC, Oppo Kenya committed a major no-no by using a photo of an individual on their Instagram account without getting proper consent. Talk about crossing the privacy line! That move landed Oppo Kenya in hot water, as it violated the Data Protection Act of 2019.

Now, this fine wasn’t just a random act of punishment. Oh no, it came as a result of Oppo Kenya’s failure to comply with an enforcement notice issued by the ODPC. It’s like getting a warning and then completely ignoring it. Not cool, Oppo Kenya!

But wait, there’s more to this story. The ODPC didn’t stop at just the photo faux pas. They also accused Oppo Kenya of slacking off in the compliance department. They claimed that Oppo Kenya didn’t bother to develop a policy for playing nice with the Data Protection Act, nor did they establish an internal mechanism for handling complaints from data subjects. Tsk, tsk, Oppo Kenya. You’re breaking the rules left and right!

To make things right, the ODPC is making Oppo Kenya pay up. The 5 million Kenyan shillings fine will go straight into the ODPC’s pockets. They’re the agency responsible for giving companies a good whack when it comes to privacy violations. Lesson learned, Oppo Kenya?

Immaculate Kassait, the Data Commissioner, is not messing around. She’s urging all entities to get their act together and comply with the Data Protection Act. That means implementing proper data protection principles and safeguards for all their sneaky data activities. And hey, if you don’t play by the rules, you better be prepared for some enforcement procedures coming your way. Privacy warriors unite!

And this Oppo Kenya incident isn’t happening in isolation, my friends. Just recently, the ODPC conducted an audit on 40 digital lenders, including the likes of Branch and Tala. They had concerns about how these lenders were treating their customers’ precious data. Turns out, the public wasn’t too happy either, as the ODPC received a whopping 299 complaints about data mishandling. Uh-oh!

Out of the 40 lucky companies audited, 22 of them conveniently forgot to respond to the notice. Big mistake! Notifications were issued against them faster than a cheetah chasing its prey. As for the remaining 18 companies, they actually had the decency to respond and provide some information. Phew, they dodged a data bullet for now, but a thorough review of their submissions is still in progress.

All this goes to show that personal data and privacy are no joke in Kenya. Companies better buckle up and take their responsibilities seriously. The fine handed to Oppo Kenya serves as a stern reminder that flouting privacy laws can have some serious consequences. Let’s hope that all businesses out there start giving data protection the attention it deserves. It’s time to safeguard personal data and create clear policies that keep privacy intact. Trust me, it’s a smart move, my privacy-loving friends.


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