Dr. Vincent O. Olatunji, National Commissioner/CEO, Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB)
Dr. Vincent O. Olatunji, National Commissioner/CEO, Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB)

NDPB, Huawei To Explore Collaboration In Data Protection

TECHDIGEST- The Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB) has stated its intention to collaborate with Chinese IT and telecom giant Huawei to help build capacity and other initiatives that will better equip the commission to carry out its mandate.

While meeting with senior officials from Huawei in Abuja recently, the National Commissioner, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, stated that the NDPB is committed to partnerships that will help to further drive Nigeria’s agenda for data protection across sectors.

The bureau’s role, according to Olatunji, is to safeguard data security for all Nigerians and to ensure that all Nigerian organizations follow the rules of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), the country’s main data protection legislation.

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The ICT infrastructure and smart devices company, led by Huawei’s Global Chief Government Industry Scientist, Hong-Eng Koh, offered support for the Nigerian government as it attempts to capitalize on emerging opportunities in the global data economy. With Nigeria’s growing digital economy, it’s more important than ever to address the growing difficulties of data security, privacy, and protection from legal, technological, and other viewpoints.

Huawei’s support for the NDPB’s mandate as the country’s data watchdog was promised by Koh.

“The bureau was founded to ensure the execution of the NDPR to preserve individuals’ rights, freedom, and privacy, as well as ensure that the country has a primary legislation in that regard,” Olatunji explained.

According to him, the bureau was now launching an aggressive public awareness campaign with stakeholders in order to enlist everyone’s help. He went on to say that the bureau was concentrating on ensuring that all actors in the data protection chain, including data processors and controllers, followed the NDPR in accordance with best worldwide practice.

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