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Happy new week! How was your weekend?

Mine was fine. Friday was relaxing and instead of spending Saturday watching Netflix, I went outside. Also, Sunday was great too. Please let me know how you spent your weekend.

Before I get started, I have some news for Nigerians: The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has postponed the deadline for exchanging old Naira notes from January 31 to February 10, 2023.

It also provided a seven-day grace period, from February 10 to 17, “allowing Nigerians to deposit their old notes with the CBN after the February deadline, when the old currency would have lost its legal tender status.”

According to CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele, “Our CBN staff currently on mass mobilization and monitoring, along with officials from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes, will work together to achieve these goals. “.

This is what I have for you today:

  • DoNotPay’s robot lawyer retires
  • Organizations react to Senate proposal to amend the Employment Act in Kenya
  • Federal Executive Council (FEC) passes Nigerian data protection bill
  • Kenyan media regulator introduces security features on press cards

DoNotPay’s robot lawyer retires

Remember this? Robot lawyer to defend in court

Well, DoNotPay, the AI ​​company behind the robot lawyer, has scrapped plans to use an AI-powered robot lawyer to guide a defendant through a court hearing in real time.

Why? The law got in the way of the robot’s legal work.

DoNotPay CEO Joshua Browder said he would not send the company’s robot lawyer to court because the prospect of bringing the first robot lawyer to the courtroom was not worth the risk of spending six months in jail.

The AI ​​creation, which runs on a smartphone and listens to court arguments and formulates responses for the defendant, was designed to tell the defendant what to say in real time through headphones.

Browder said: “We have moved away from this legal direction and are doing all we can for consumer rights.”

According to him, the “bread and butter” of DoNotPay is getting consumers their money back from places like utility companies and greedy insurers.

Outrage from lawyers over Browder’s proposed hack suggests lawyers are concerned that AI-powered chatbots will take their jobs.

“This court thing was never a product. It was just an advocacy project,” Browder emphasized. “The lawyers won this round, but we’re going back. Even if DoNotPay survives this PR nightmare, the ‘robot lawyer’ didn’t.”

Consequently, Browder stated that DoNotPay would continue to develop artificial intelligence tools to help its users navigate phone calls and other interactions with corporate bureaucracy.

Organizations react to Senate proposal to amend the Employment Act in Kenya

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The Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) has reacted to Nandi Senator Samson Cheragei’s proposal to amend the Employment Act 2007 to protect employees from working beyond their stipulated hours.

COTU rejected the idea, citing the risk of job losses and scaring away investors.

A bit of backstory: Last week, the Kenyan Senate introduced a bill that prohibits employers from interfering with their employees’ work-life balance.

The bill, if passed, would prevent employees from communicating with their employees through calls, texts, emails or assignments after hours, on weekends and on holidays.

The Employment (Amendment) Bill aims to give Kenyan workers “the right to disconnect in the digital age” and protect them from employers subjecting them to unpaid overtime work.

The bill notes that constant digital connectivity “is eroding employees’ free time, affecting their work-life balance.”

It also encourages employers to implement a policy that outlines the circumstances under which employees may be contacted during non-business hours and defines the nature of overtime pay.

However, Jacqueline Mugo, president of the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE), claimed that the Senator’s proposed amendments would effectively allow workers to ignore work-related calls and emails when not on duty.

He claimed that it would lead to poor labor relations between employers and employees.

He also claimed that the bill violates International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions. Because if passed, it will create two centers of power and lead to disharmony and indiscipline in the workplace. Cheragei, on the other hand, dismissed COTU and FKE, claiming that the two organizations serve the interests of multibillion-dollar corporations rather than Kenyan workers.

Federal Executive Council (FEC) passes Nigerian data protection bill

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the Nigerian Data Protection Bill for further ratification and approval by the National Assembly.

Communications and Digital Economy Minister Isa Pantami submitted the bill to the FEC.

The central objective of the Bill is to protect the fundamental rights, freedoms and interests of data subjects, as guaranteed in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999.

Among other things, the bill will regulate the processing of personal data and promote data processing practices that protect the security of personal data and the privacy of data subjects. It will ensure that personal data is processed in a fair, legal and responsible manner.

It will also ensure that data controllers and processors comply with their obligations to data subjects.

Remember that in February 2022, President Muhammadu Buhari approved a new agency, the Nigerian Data Protection Bureau (NDPB), tasked with investigating and implementing the Nigerian Data Protection Regulations (NDPR) and coordinating the approval of a law that allows data protection.

For context, read: Nigeria has a new data protection enforcement agency; Here’s why you should care

Kenyan media regulator introduces security features on press cards

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The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) has announced plans to include barcodes and QR codes on press cards issued to journalists in the country.

The move follows a rise in reports of scammers posing as journalists, tarnishing the reputation of professionals in the country.

According to MCK CEO David Omwoyo, “The number of reported cases of scammers is in the hundreds and consists of former journalists and freelancers. There are also outright scammers posing as journalists to extort money from the public.”

Therefore, security functions will ensure compliance and ethical and professional standards of journalists and media companies.

Journalists must apply through the MCK portal or return their old press cards before new ones are issued.

They can send their old cards to the MCK offices at Britam Center in Upper Hill, Nairobi, or to any of their regional officers in Nakuru, Mombasa, Meru and Kisumu for replacement.

Journalists who have already renewed their 2023 cards will not pay another fee.

Omwoyo also said that “All Special Movement Passes issued during the Covid-19 period are invalid and must be handed over to the council.”

The replacement process will reportedly begin on Monday, February 6, 2023.

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