Why FG Created NDPB, Digital Rights Law in Progress – Pantami

TECHDIGEST – The Federal Government has explained that it created the National Data Protection Bureau (NDPB) to ensure robust protection of the data privacy of Nigerians by agencies empowered by law.

The federal government also revealed that it is working on a draft, Digital Rights Law, to ensure that the data privacy of Nigerians on the internet was not violated.

Prof. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, who stated this in Abuja at a Roundtable Discussion on Data Privacy and Protection in Nigeria, said that the law would be passed by the National Assembly before the end of 2022.

The roundtable discussion entitled: “Assessing Data Protection in Nigeria,” was organised by the Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC)

Pantami, who was represented by Vincent Olatunji, national commissioner, National Data Protection Bureau (NDPB), explained that the law would ensure the data privacy of Nigerians on the internet was not violated.

“It is important for any country operating in the digital space to have agencies that would regulate the space and implement data privacy protection.

“Since we started with the regulation, we hope to have a law that will make it an act of parliament to adequately protect Nigerians.

“It will ensure we regulate what people do online in terms of how to protect their data privacy, and that users’ freedom is guaranteed, and also mandate companies to file data privacy compliance reports,” Pantami said.

Earlier, Nkem Ilo, president, PPDC, urged the government to collaborate with civil society organisations and the private sector, to educate Nigerians on data rights and violations.

Nkem advocated that technology users should be conscious of personal data disclosures while online, in order to avoid data breaches.

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