MSc.ISS Theses and Dissertations (2023)

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    Integrated personal data protection tool
    (Strathmore University, 2023) Wangui, E. W.
    The privacy of personal data is an important focus area in today’s information world, where personal data is easily collected, stored, processed, and shared. In recent years personal data protection has regularly featured as a topic of concern in the media and has become the target of legislation around the country. Organizations are collecting, re-using, and processing personal data on an unprecedented scale, without observing data limits, this has led to an increasing concern about the effectiveness of the existing data protection law and the need for a comprehensive framework for personal data protection. Based on the challenges, this study was aimed at designing, developing, and testing an integrated personal data protection tool. The tool employed an integrated approach that utilizes data encryption, one-time passwords and opt-in and opt-out mechanisms to ensure secure collection, secure storage, secure access, and secure sharing of personal data. Moreover, the tool was designed, developed, and tested using the agile software development methodology. Functional and performance tests were carried out to determine the performance and accuracy of the tool in protecting personal data. Validation testing results showed that the integrated tool could be used effectively in protecting personal data with 96 % accuracy. Keywords . Personal data; Personal data protection; Organizations; Data subject