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NITDA assures Nigerians of data privacy rights

and lt;The National Information Technology Development Agency in Nigeria, (NITDA) has assured all Nigerians of its commitment and readiness to fully implement the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) with the aim of ensuring compliance and making businesses and government work better for its citizenry.

This will also ensure the privacy and protection of data usage by Nigerians across the country.

According to a statement issued by the Agency on Thursday, there are on-going investigations of alleged breach of the data privacy rights of Nigerians by some Data Controllers. These include the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) which is currently under investigation for alleged violation of Article 2.1(2,3) of the NDPR as well as other entities including Banks, Fintechs, Telcoms among other who are in alleged breach of the NDPR

It may be recalled that NITDA issued the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) on 25th January, 2019 with the aim of stemming the tide of wanton abuse of data privacy, improving the global image of the Nigerian business environment and to stimulate a data economy which would lead to the creation of 300,000 jobs by 2022.

NITDA also noted that some of the steps taken to achieve these goal include the sensitization and awareness programmes on the NDPR, through the media; electronic, print and new media.

The Agency also said that it has written articles, made paper presentations and facilitated public and privately organised fora for the purpose of deepening compliance with the NDPR.

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As a result of these ,The Agency explained that the efforts been taken has yielded some results saying that We are happy to say that Nigerians and non-Nigerians have taken note of the NDPR as evidenced by over 400 phones calls and numerous email enquiries being received and treated daily.

Also that a detailed Draft Data Protection Implementation Framework and made available on the Agency’s website, www.nitda.gov.ng, for inputs from the general public. The Framework details expectations from every stakeholder. Furthermore, a sample Privacy Policy is attached to guide government agencies and the private sector on compliance with the NDPR.

Source: Voice of Nigeria