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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is of the opinion that effective enforcement of data protection regulation in the country would ensure that Nigerian businesses do not lose the European market.
This was revealed by Olufemi Daniel (NITDA)during a Media Executive Master class on Nigeria Data Protection Regulation, 2019 (NDPR) training for journalists organised by NITDA on Thursday in Abuja.
According to him, NITDA is supporting moves for the enactment of a law that would establish a Data Protection Commission.
The Agency had in July commenced investigations into allegations of data breach against commercial banks and telecommunications firms.
Daniel noted that the agency was still engaging the concerned banking and telecoms institutions.
He however pointed out that the NDPR stipulated a fine of two per cent of annual gross revenue of the preceding year, or payment of the sum of N10m, whichever is greater, for violations by a data controller that deals with more than 10,000 data subjects.
Director of e-Government Regulations in the agency, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, added that NITDA has licensed Data Protection Compliance Organisations to provide training, auditing, consulting, and compliance services to data controllers.
Dr Olatunji, who stressed that the agency “was not really after fines”, noted that Nigeria would have been blacklisted if the country does not have a data protection law.
He added that the agency has set up an investigating team, which is to work with the police and other security agencies to check violations of the data regulation.
A National Advisory Council on the data protection regulation, comprising stakeholders such as the Nigerian Bar Association, will also be set up, Olatunji said.
He however urged Nigerians to always draw the agency’s attention whenever they notice that their personal data rights has been violated, for prompt attention.