November 1, 2021

NITDA reaffirms commitment to protection of data integrity

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By Emmanuel Elebeke 

The Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mallam Kashifu Inuwa, says protecting the integrity of personal information of Nigerians online remains a top priority of NITDA, as data is a critical component of Digital Economy.

The DG stated this at a panel discussion during Nigeria Bar Association Annual General Conference held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Represented by Barr. Olufemi Inuwa noted that every moment spent on the internet leaves personal data footprints on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc) and search engines (Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc) making the companies get richer through yet free services, but with the personal data of individuals stored online.

He said research has shown that the value of individual personal data on digital platforms is about $12 per person, thus paving way for technology companies to generate revenue. 

“Data is the lifeblood of Digital Economy that includes Metadata. The amount of data globally in 2020 was 44 zettabytes which the world is expected to reach 75 billion in Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices by 2025”, he said.

He added that Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) was issued in January 2019 pursuant to Section 6 (a, c) of the NITDA Act 2007.

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The Regulation is the current National law on data protection in Nigeria. It applies to the public and private sector processing personal data within and outside Nigeria.

He further stated that, “the Regulation is aimed at protecting the right to privacy, creating the right environment for digital transactions, job creation and improving information management practices in Nigeria”. 

The DG further disclosed that the recent decision of the Court of Appeal in the case of Incorporated Digital Lawyers vs National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) (CA/IB/291/2020) shows that the judicial systelm has begun to appreciate the importance of the digital technology in modern life, especially with the the Court ruling that NDPR is the National Law on Data Protection and Extension of Section 37 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 

The NITDA boss acknowledged the efforts of legal practitioners and encouraged them to stand at the turn of history, which in every new historical revolution, a successful lawyer must be ready to learn, unlearn and relearn to remain learned, and the legal professional cannot afford to take a back seat in the digital economy space.

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