Non-compliance with Nigeria Data Protection Regulation attracts stiff penalties – Pantami
TECHDIGEST – Nigeria’s Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami has again warned that non-compliance with the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) 2019, which is in full effect attracts stiff penalties from offenders.
The Minister’s warning is contained in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Uwa Suleiman while addressing world forum of ministers in London at the ‘Future Tech Forum’ titled: “The Future of Trust in Data as a Force for Good.’
The statement assured that protection of citizens data in Nigeria is not just a secondary legislation but a constitutional requirement to build trust between government and citizens.
“Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) 2019 was in full effect to build trust between the government and the governed, with non-compliance attracting stiff penalties,” it warned.
According to the statement, government has invested in creating awareness among the citizenry to enable understanding of both the regulation and government’s willingness to adhere to the dictates of law regarding confidentiality.
Prior to the NDPR of 2019, the Cybercrimes Act of 2015, provides for “lawful intercept’’ which was only effected when a security institution establishes a prima facie case of a crime.