May 052011
 
 May 5, 2011  Non-U.S., Surveillance

Wambui Ndonga reports that the Kenyan government that preventing hate speech trumps individuals’ right to privacy:

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 5 – The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) revealed on Thursday that it has been snooping on Kenyans’ text messages for the past one year, looking out for hate speech.

NCIC Commissioner Halakhe Waqo said the move was aimed at sustaining harmonious relationships among Kenyans as well preventing tribal conflicts in the future.

He argued that the overriding need to facilitate integration in the country superseded the right to an individual’s privacy as it risked threatening national security.

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