Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - A Kenyan has filed a case at the High Court accusing Safaricom of breaching the privacy of over 11.5 million of its subscribers by selling their data to betting companies.
The petitioner, Benedict Kabugi, says he was approached by an individual who had the personal data of more than 11.5 million Safaricom subscribers, including his.
The data allegedly contained specific details of subscribers, including full names, their mobile phone numbers, gender, age, identity numbers, passport numbers as well as the total amounts gambled.
“The data, which the petitioner herein viewed personally, was specific to gamblers who had used their Safaricom mobile numbers to gamble on various betting platforms registered in Kenya,” says Benedict in his petition.
The petitioner says he informed Safaricom and the police about the data breach but was instead arrested and detained.
Last week, two Safaricom employees were charged in court for trying to obtain Sh300 million from an unnamed company in exchange for subscribers’ data
This is the first time a law suit of this scale is being leveled against a mobile service provider in Kenya and could have far - reaching ramifications on Safaricom and its subscribers.
However, Kenya lacks a data protection law with Parliament dragging its feet in enacting one.
The Kenyan DAILY POST