Pantami Tasks Bureau On Data, Privacy Protection In Nigeria

L-R: NCC EVC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, Minister of Communications and Digital economy, Dr. isa Pantami and NITDA DG, Kashifu Abdullahi addrssing Newsmen shortly after investigative public hearing by the Senate Joint Committee on Communications; Science and Technology; Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Cyber Crimes; and Primary Health Care and Communicable Diseases, at the National Assembly Chamber in Abuja on Thursday, February 25, 2021.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami has tasked the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB) on effective data protection, privacy and confidentiality in Nigeria.
Pantami spoke at the official lunch of NDPB Logo, Website and Core values, on Tuesday in Abuja.
He noted that the data protection should not be limited to the public sectors only but also the private sectors.
He said that data protection, privacy and confidentiality, were already mentioned in existing laws in various agencies of the country.
According to him, NIMC Act, 2007, under Section 26, there is a form of data protection in which nobody is allowed to get access to NIMC’s database without the approval of the commission.
“In NITDA Act 2007, Section 6 under article J and K, there is a form of data protection under article A to come up with the legislation in the first place.
“It is now in the process of being integrated into a full fledged legislation by the National Assembly.
“Under the Nigerian Communications Commission Act 2003, there was no mention of data protection clearly.
“The commission came up with two subsidiary legislations, in which operators are not allowed to get access or release certain informations without the consent of data subject.
“National Health Act of 2014, there is a form of data protection and many more.”
Earlier, the National Commissioner, NDPB, Dr Vincent Olatunji, revealed that the mandate of data protection had a strategic roadmap that would provide the turning point in Nigeria’s data privacy.
Olatunji, however, urged stakeholders to give the brand the needed support to achieve its mandate.
The Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, NCC, Mr Adeleke Adewolu, in his goodwill message, congratulated NDPB and pledged support of the commission.
In Nigeria, data protection is a constitutional right founded in Section 37 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
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