The Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB) and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) are collaborating to protect consumer rights and personal data in order to encourage a healthy trade competition within the country’s economic
NDPB’s Head, Legal , Enforcement and Regulations,Babatunde Bamigboye disclosed this in a statement on Friday.
The National Commissioner of NDPB, Dr. Vincent Olatunji in his welcome remarks during the signing ceremony at bureau Headquarters said the MOU will serve as a model in promoting an ecosystem of cooperation among regulatory authorities.
In his remarks, the FCCPC Executive Vice-Chairman Barr. Babatunde Irukera expressed delight in the momentum that data protection has gained in the country since the establishment of the Bureau by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He noted that the institutional possibilities of the MOU in leveraging data governance for sustainable development are compelling.
He pledged the full support of FCCPC to NDPB through the implementation of the MOU.
Both agencies established a Joint Technical and Enforcement Committee and agree among others “to use their best endeavors in the exercise of theirrespective powers to enforce and ensure compliance with any mutually agreed decisions, actions, orders, recommendations or understandings arising from any effort, initiative, or investigation that is subject of this MoU or any mutual cooperation/collaborations by Parties.”
The MOU will, ultimately, foster:- prompt resolution of complaints, capacity building, awareness among consumers/data subjects and information sharing between the two agencies.
Dr. Olatunji also commended data controllers and data processors that have complied with the recently issued Compliance Notice within a very short time.
He noted that this is a clear evidence that many data controllers and processors in Nigeria are becoming more and more transparent and accountable in their dealings with data subjects.
This is part of the national effort towards ensuring that no one is left behind in the implementation of National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS).
With the signing of the MOU, the National Commissioner called on all organizations who collect personal data/records/information on citizens – irrespective of age or gender – to avoid grave legal and reputational consequences by complying with the provisions of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) 2019.