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NITDA Seeks Stakeholders’ Input On Data Protection Framework

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…Commits To Protection Of Data Privacy Rights

In an effort to sensitize the general public and create the requisite awareness on the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), the Management of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) said it has prepared a detailed draft Data Protection Implementation Framework and made available on the Agency’s website for inputs from the general public.

The agency said it also attached a sample Privacy Policy to guide government agencies and the private sector in compliance with the NDPR.

The Framework, according to the agency, details expectations from every stakeholder.

In addition, NITDA has also disclosed that it is investigating the alleged breach of the data privacy rights of Nigerians by some Data Controllers.

The Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of NITDA, Dr. Isa Pantami, made this disclosure in a statement, which was made available to eBusinessLife on Thursday by the agency.

It may be recalled that NITDA issued the (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.

The Agency said it has also written articles, made paper presentations and facilitated public and privately organized fora for the purpose of deepening compliance with the NDPR. “We are happy to say that Nigerians and non-Nigerians have taken note of the NDPR as evidenced by over 400 phone calls and numerous email enquiries being received and treated daily,” the statement said.

NITDA is currently investigating some entities including Banks, Fintechs, Telcos, etc. who are in alleged breach of the NDPR. The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) is also under investigation for alleged violation of Article 2.1(2, 3) of the NDPR. We, therefore, wish to assure all Nigerians that NITDA is willing, able and ready to implement the NDPR with the ultimate aim of ensuring compliance and making businesses and government work better for every Nigerian.

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), is a Federal Government Agency established in April 2001 to implement the Nigerian Information Technology Policy as well as coordinate general IT development and regulation in the country. Specifically, Section 6(a, b & m) of the Act mandates NITDA to create a framework for the planning, research, development, standardization, application, coordination, monitoring, evaluation and regulation of Information Technology practices, activities and systems in Nigeria; provide guidelines to facilitate the establishment and maintenance of appropriate infrastructure for information technology and systems application and development in Nigeria for public and private sectors, urban-rural development, the economy and the government; and accelerate internet and intranet penetration in Nigeria and promote sound internet Governance by giving effect to the Second Schedule of the Act.

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