How NITDA Licensed 70 Data Compliance Organisations- Kashifu Inuwa

TECH DIGEST – The Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mallam Kashifu Inuwa says that in less than two years, NITDA has achieved several milestones, while also recording unprecedented achievements in the implementation of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR).

He said by implementing NDPR, NITDA has licensed 70 Data Protection Compliance Organizations, (DPCO); created over 2,686 new jobs roles in the industry; and also developed a new data protection sector which is valued at over 2 million naira.

Inuwa, made this known at a webinar themed, “Personal Data Protection and Cybersecurity,” organized by Africa Data Protection Conclave.

The event was aimed at bringing together the leading African nations in data protection and cybersecurity.

Mal. Inuwa, noted that long before the European Union (EU) issued the General Data Protection Regulation, NITDA had a focused perspective about data privacy and protection.

“The NITDA Act 2007 empowers us to develop guidelines for electronic governance and monitor the use of electronic data interchange and other forms of electronic communication transactions as an alternative to paper-based methods in government, commerce, education, the private and public sectors, labour, and other fields, where the use of electronic communication may improve the exchange of data and information,” he said.

He added that the NITDA approach is to unlock opportunities for our talented youths to harness data, the world’s most valuable resource in the digital economy.

The NITDA Director General further said, “NITDA has remitted the sum of over N15 million to Federal Government consolidated revenue account from DPCO licensing and Audit report filing; issued 230 compliance and enforcement notices; initiated and deposited 8 data breach cases with the Police and resolved over 790 issues.

“The Agency has also successfully investigated and issued a data breach fine on a public institution making it the first and only data breach fine in Africa for 2020, issued a Guidelines on Use of Personal Data by Public Institutions, 2020, launched the NDPR Portal for filing of audit reports and reporting of breaches; and issued the NDPR Implementation Framework 2020.”