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Pantami Promotes Digital Economy Hinged On Data Protection

… As NITDA Hosts International Privacy Day

The arrival of the Special Guest of Honour, Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami at the National Privacy Week PublicAwareness Workshop 2020, organized by National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), with the theme: DATA PRIVACY IN A DIGITAL ECONOMY which took place in Abuja

Nigerians have been assured that the federal government, in its bid to further the cause of driving a digital economy, will do all in its power to protect citizens data under its care.

This assurance came from the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami at the International Privacy Week Public Awareness Workshop 2020, organized by National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in Abuja.

According to the Minister, digital economy relies on data which makes data protection key to driving a digital economy for a digital Nigeria.

Dr. Pantami said it was necessary for the government to assure its citizens that their data is protected so that they can embrace the digital economy.

“Looking at our population, it is the right time for Nigeria to drive a digital economy for a digital Nigeria. As the Honourable Minister of Communications & Digital Economy, I assure citizens that their data online will not be abused.”

He further implored Nigerians to “patronise digital platforms for a digital Nigeria.”

The theme for this year’s International Privacy Day Celebration is ‘Data Privacy in a Digital Economy’.

Also speaking at the event, the host and Director-General of NITDA, Mr. Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, charged Nigerians to be protective of their data while using the internet.

The NITDA D-G noted that the ultimate goal of the celebration is to raise awareness, promote privacy, and data protection practices.

He further noted that January 28th every year has been dedicated as international data privacy day. In 2019, the day was celebrated in nearly 50 countries.

The Federal Government has embarked on a campaign to raise awareness on data protection and also promote privacy and data protection practices.

While noting that NITDA with the Data Breach Investigation and the Police Enforcement Teams have treated over 1,200 inquiries and requests for clarifications, Mr. Abdulahi said NITDA had “Issued Twenty-Seven Data Protection Companies (DPCO) licenses that have created over 1000 jobs and generated a sector currently valued at about N2 billion.”

He advised Nigerians to ensure they set their privacy settings on any new device immediately. This includes new applications, social media, and programs.

Further on security, he made the following charges: “Never use unsecured WiFi – especially for banking or shopping. Keep your software up to date. Out of date software is vulnerable to hackers. Never give personal information over the phone, email, or text. Use strong password phrases. The longer the password, the harder it is to break. Do not save your passwords on your device. Change passwords when your accounts may have been compromised. Use virus protection and a firewall.”

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