Yes, you read that right. Apparently, the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has released a new directive to all internet service providers in the country requiring them to make it mandatory for users to fully identify themselves.
The CA wants internet user to provide either their birth certificate, national identity card, or passport before they are allowed to go online. Users who access the internet on public platforms such as the cyber cafes, school library, hotels, and restaurant will also be required to provide the management the above-mentioned identification documents.
On top of that, the CA also wants internet service providers (ISP) to start logging each user’s online activities. That is the user’s device (computer, smartphone, or tablet), their location, date, time, and duration of their browsing. It also wants the ISP to tell them who the user is talking to online and their location geographically.
The information collected by ISP will be kept for a year and can be demanded by the authorities at any moment. When they ask for that information, the ISP better have it ready for their perusal. Those businesses providing public access computers …read more