CS Owalo yesterday led the commemoration of the International Data Privacy Day 2024.

Hon. Owalo also launched the Regional Office of the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) in Kisumu County.

Mr. Owalo speaking as the chief guest emphasized the importance of appreciating the Data Privacy Day as a catalyst for change.

 “A day to reaffirm our commitment to fostering a culture of data privacy that resonates across our society. As we embrace the opportunities presented by the digital age, let us do so with a steadfast determination to protect the rights and privacy of our citizens,” he stated.

The ODPC holds a unique position in facilitating both government and private sector entities to achieve the strategic goals outlined in the Government’s Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda (BETA), and, in particular, the Digital Superhighway initiative.

CS Owalo remarked that in this age of unprecedented connectivity and information exchange, fostering a culture of data privacy is paramount. “As we navigate the intricate web of data-driven advancements, upholding the principles that safeguard the personal information of our citizens becomes imperative,” he said.

CS Owalo said that adopting strong data privacy safeguards is not only critical for protecting individuals’ rights but also ensuring a secure and ethical business environment which requires a multi-pronged approach that engages various stakeholders and addresses existing challenges.

He called upon all organizations, both in government and the private sector, to seize the opportunity to enhance their compliance with data protection laws.

Hon. Owalo also spoke of the need to integrate data privacy and digital literacy modules into school curricula with the aim of equipping future generations with knowledge and awareness from an early age.