NITDA publishes new bill on data protection

Thursday 15 October 2020 | 13:00 CET | News
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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) says it will send a new Bill on Data Protection to the National Assembly, CommunicationsWeek reported. This will provide stringent protection of personal data and regulation of the processing of personal information. The government said it earned NGN 12.65 million from the Data Protection Compliance Organisations (DPCO) licensing and audit report filing and over 2,686 new jobs have been created.

Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, director-general of NITDA, said that the the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the EU came into force on 25 May 2018. The GDPR affected small and medium enterprises (SMEs), who hitherto supplied goods and services to European-affiliated businesses or/and individuals, which shut out thousands of Nigerians. 

He said NITDA felt the need to use its mandate as provided in Section 6(a,c) of the NITDA Act, 2007 to issue a national regulation that meets the basic tenets of data protection law while also providing a framework to catalyse compliance. He said that the data protection sector is currently valued at about NGN 2.3 billion, adding that the agency has licensed 70 data protection compliance organisations, while 230 compliance and enforcement notices were issued.

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