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For a sustainable data protection and privacy program, By Inyene Ibanga

Without further ado, all stakeholders, including government, the private sector and civil society organizations, must urgently commit to expedite the process for the speedy passage of the Protection Bill. data to the National Assembly.

The advent of the digital information age has led to a massive increase in the volume of data generated by Internet users and stored in cyberspace.

Consumers are increasingly concerned about the security and privacy of their data when they go online.

They are cautious about how their data is handled by different companies. Indeed, companies, organizations and hackers are constantly looking for ways to exploit this data for commercial, malicious and illicit purposes.

As a result, many countries have created independent data protection authorities to ensure the protection of personal data shared online and to enforce the public’s right to control their data.

Data protection authorities are responsible for overseeing, promoting and enforcing relevant data protection laws. They take enforcement action where necessary to ensure compliance.

As such, the public relies on data protection authorities to ensure that organizations adhere to and comply with regulations.

The Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), subsidiary legislation to the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Act 2007, was released in January 2019.

Its main purpose is to help provide guidelines to organizations on the use and protection of personal data of Nigerians.

As Nigeria’s response to the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the NDPR has helped raise awareness of the need for data protection and privacy.

In a bid to improve data protection and privacy of citizens, President Muhammadu Buhari on February 4 approved the establishment of the Nigerian Data Protection Bureau (NDPB).

…many stakeholders viewed the NDPR as limited in scope and applicability because it is not an act of the National Assembly. This sparked the campaign for the enactment of a single data protection law, as available in other digital economies.

Based on the recommendation of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, President Buhari has also approved the appointment of current NITDA Director, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, as a pioneer national commissioner and CEO of the protection agency. newly created data.

The NDPB will be responsible for overseeing and enforcing applicable data protection legislation in accordance with global best practice.

Data protection agencies are key to regulating and enforcing data privacy protection in all countries operating in the digital space.

In continuation of the data protection program, the Minister in charge, Mallam Isa Ali Pantami, revealed that the federal government was working with the National Assembly to ensure the enactment of the law which will adequately guarantee data protection and privacy of Nigerians.

Such a law from the National Assembly will regulate what people do online in terms of protecting the privacy of their data, guarantee users’ freedom and also require companies to file data privacy compliance reports.

However, prior to the establishment of the Data Protection Office, the NDPR served as the primary data protection and privacy regulation for Nigerians both at home and abroad.

The regulation provided for the rights of data subjects, the obligations of controllers and processors and the transfer of data to a foreign territory.

But many stakeholders viewed the NDPR as limited in scope and enforceability because it is not an act of the National Assembly. This sparked the campaign for the enactment of a single data protection law, as available in other digital economies.

Meanwhile, stakeholders in the cybersecurity ecosystem in Nigeria are concerned about the Data Protection Bill 2020 currently at the Ministry of Justice awaiting submission to the Federal Executive Council before transmission to the Assembly national.

The bill seeks to create a regulatory framework for the protection and processing of personal data and to protect the rights of data subjects as guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution.

If eventually passed by the Legislature, the Bill will become the primary legislation for the data protection and privacy of Nigerians. This ongoing effort is an acknowledgment of the importance of such a bill to the public.

If eventually passed by the Legislature, the Bill will become the primary legislation for the data protection and privacy of Nigerians. This ongoing effort is an acknowledgment of the importance of such a bill to the public.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) summary of data protection and privacy legislation around the world (April 2020) reported that only 66% of countries have data protection legislation. Data protection.

UNCTAD has stressed that more countries need to have legal frameworks that will adequately protect their citizens and businesses online, while restoring trust between these parties.

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The UN agency therefore recommends that after the enactment of relevant data protection laws, countries put in place strategies to ensure effective enforcement.

Therefore, the NDPB is ready to lead the crusade to raise awareness about data privacy, freedom and the implementation of sanctions against violators.

But this newly created data protection agency must be empowered by the relevant legislation to enable it to carry out its mandate accordingly.

Without further ado, all stakeholders, including government, the private sector and civil society organizations, must urgently commit to expedite the process for the speedy passage of the Protection Bill. data to the National Assembly.

Certainly, the sooner appropriate legislation is put in place, the more firmly the nascent Nigerian Data Protection Office will be empowered to satisfactorily discharge its responsibility to citizens and businesses.

In conclusion, Nigeria needs to reflect international standards by adopting a legal framework that will serve as the foundation for a sustainable data protection and privacy agenda for digital economic prosperity.

Inyene Ibanga writes from Wuye District, Abuja; email: inyeneibanga@yahoo.com.


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