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Government to investigate SafeBoda for alleged illegal sharing of clients’ data with third parties

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Ugandan Parliament Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga has instructed the Ministry of ICT to investigate popular ride-hailing platform, SafeBoda for alleged unlawful sharing of its application users’ personal data to third parties without the knowledge or consent of the users under the DPPA.

According to a letter from Parliament, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has written to the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance, instructing the National Information Authority – Uganda(NITA-U) to investigate the alleged data breach by SafeBoda and enforce adherence to the Data Protection and Privacy act.  

The directive comes after a one Obedgiu Sammy petitioned the Speaker on the alleged implication of sharing user’s data with big American tech companies and third parties without their consent and knowledge  

In July 2020, Unwanted Witness, an independent civil society organization released a report implicating SafeBoda in sharing their client’s personal data with third parties without their knowledge or permission as required by Section 7 of the Data Protection and Privacy Act of Uganda, raising legal issues as well as questions of trust.

However, SafeBoda told this website that the allegations were false, stating that the company does not invade its’ users privacy nor share data with third-party vendors adding that SafeBoda understands the seriousness that underscores online privacy. 

We’ll keep a tab on this story and we’ll follow and update as events unfold. 

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