Igitoi  Assures Data Security Amid Concerns Over Tablet Use in Census

Wednesday 19 June 2024

The National Statistician Mr John Igitoi, has assured that the data collected using tablets in the current  census will be secure and confidential.

“We have taken every necessary measure to ensure the confidentiality and security of the information collected,” said Mr Igitoi.

The tablets will be used to collect data from respondents, and all data will be stored on a secure cloud-based server.

“The tablets are configured and double-checked to ensure that they are working properly.

“They are also loaded with the necessary software and tested to ensure that they can collect and transmit data securely,” said Igitoi.

Mr Igitoi  emphasized that  his  agency has a robust system in place to ensure data security.

“We have a robust system in place to ensure data security, including encryption and secure servers. We are committed to protecting the confidentiality of the information collected and ensuring that it is only used for statistical purposes.”

Mr Igitoi also addressed concerns about the use of tablets in certain areas, saying that the agency has taken steps to protect the devices.

“Some areas may not be welcoming to have digital devices being taken in there. So we have taken steps to protect the tablets and ensure that they are used safely and securely,” said Igitoi.

The census is expected to be digitally oriented with real-time data processing through tablets, however,  critics have raised concerns about the potential for data privacy issues.

“There is no issue with the tablets. The information collected will be uploaded onto a cloud-based server and will only be accessed for statistical purposes and for development purposes only,” said Mr  Igitoi.

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