Kenya’s Equity Bank gets court backing to roll out thin SIM technology
Monday, June 1, 2015
After a year-long court battle, Equity Bank can finally go ahead and roll out its thin Sim technology in Kenya.
The suit dismissed by the High Court Friday was filed by businessman Bernard Murage. Mr Murage had argued that Equity Bank had not given proper assurance to its clients concerning the safety of their personal data.
However, High Court Judge Isaac Lenaola ruled that since the Communications Authority and Central Bank of Kenya having approved the roll-out, the court has no reason to interfere “with the merit of a decision clearly falling within the relevant statutory agency without allegations of any irregularities on its part.”
Last year, the Communications Authority of Kenya allowed Equity Bank, through its subsidiary, Finserve Africa Limited, to implement the new technology but on one-year trial basis.
However, a number of cases filed by individuals and organisations have been stalling the roll-out but Friday’s ruling is likely to form a precedent for the go-ahead.
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