The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), in conjunction with Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, has this week commenced activities around the National #DataPrivacyWeek2022 to raise awarensss on privacy rights and assess the increasing impact of Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) on individuals and corporate Nigeria.

The National #DataPrivacyWeek2022 aligns with the global Data Privacy Week  designed by international stakeholders to draw attention to data economy and the need for data security.

As part of activities for the week, the NITDA is hosting a webinar today, 25th January, 2022 to discuss ‘Data Identity and Remote Work – Implications for the Digital Economy’.

You can join the webinar via this link: https://bit.ly/NPW22d2

Also, the agency as part of the National Privacy Week is promoting a ‘Adopt-a-School Campaign 2022′ to help foster data privacy awareness among youngsters in a catch them young bid.

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“If anyone was in doubt of the importance of data protection, the massive global shift towards the frontiers of the digital economy has effectively cleared that doubt. Recent economic statistics attest to this fact. For instance, ICT notched a 17.92% contribution to Nigeria’s GDP in the Second Quarter of 2021 – the highest in our history. This out-performs most of the economic sectors surveyed by the National Bureau of Statistics,” said Director General/CEO, NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, this week in Abuja at the National Privacy Week 2022 press conference and unveiling of the week’s long activities.

He said the agency’s activities will focus on the “impact of the NDPR on data privacy in the country; Nigeria’s growing international reputation in data privacy;” and strategy for strengthening of privacy protection.

According to the NITDA’s boss, “the NDPR has made a landmark impact on data privacy in Nigeria.  Significantly, NDPR has broadened citizen’s right to privacy as enshrined in Section 37, Part 4, 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.  Courts of competent jurisdiction have taken judicial notice of this phenomenal impact. A classic example is the decision of the Court of Appeal in the case of:  Incorporated Trustees of Digital Lawyers Initiative & Ors. V. National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) CA/ IB/291/2020. 

“We must note that the administration of justice regarding data privacy is a critical index in assessing the adequacy level of a country; with this landmark decision, Nigeria has earned herself a pride of place in the frontiers of fundamental rights.”

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