Atinuke Nukay/TnTv Network
Cybercrime has long been a global phenomenon ever since the advent of mobile phone and the internet. This has raised concerns for both individuals and organisations alike as cybercrime keeps advancing every now and then putting people who constantly use the space who may fall prey to activities on the internet and the whole cyberspace at risk.
To further curb the menace, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta says the Commission is on the move to establish an Internet Industry Code of Practice which will among others, outline the obligations of Internet Access Service Providers in relation to the protection of consumers’ personal data and security among others.
Speaking at the 88th Edition of the Telecom Consumer Parliament (TCP) organised by the Regulator in Abuja, the EVC stated that the increase in Cybercrime and protection of Telecom subscriber’s data is of great concern to the Commission, hence the establishment of the code in order to make the cyber space much safer for all.
Excerpt… “The NCC remains committed to protecting the industry from being viciously ravaged by cybercrimes. This drive has informed the ongoing efforts by the Commission to establish an Internet Industry Code of Practice in accordance with our mandate to regulate the communications sector in Nigeria, as enshrined in the Nigerian Communications Act 2003.
The establishment of the Code, which is at its final stage now, Will, among others, outline the obligations of Internet Access Service Providers in relation to the protection of consumers’ personal data and security among others. The Code will also complement existing statutes and regulations against cybercriminal activities, especially the Nigerian Cybercrime Act 2015, in order to make the cyber space much safer for all…”
Professor Danbatta further warned all Mobile Network Providers to desist from sharing or exposing Subscriber’s data and personal information.
Dr Greg Ezeilo, a Certified Hacker, who was invited by the Telecom Regulator to educate Consumers present ranging from students, traders, Association of persons living with disability, and consumers from all walks of life at the event about the challenges they may encounter from internet fraudsters while using the internet, advised unsuspecting mobile phone users to avoid clicking or downloading materials or links they are not sure of. He further stated that divulging too much information to supposed “family and friends” may pose risk and expose an individual to cyber crime.
The Telecom Consumer Parliament which is being hosted on a quarterly basis, has become a veritable platform for addressing critical industry issues affecting consumers and other stakeholders in the country. It had as theme; “Challenges of Cybercrime: The Role of Telecom Service Providers”.