Nigeria Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, has stated that the protection of citizens data isn’t just a secondary legislation but a basic right enshrined in the constitution. ayokinews.com reports
Pantami made this known on Tuesday, while addressing the forum of Ministers at the Future Tech Forum in London.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Minister’s spokesman, Uwa Suleiman, on Wednesday.
According to the statement, Pantami, who spoke at the Future Tech Forum titled, ‘The Future Of Trust In Data A A Force For Good,’ revealed that the Nigerian Data Protection regulation 2019 is in full effect so as to build a medium of trust between the government and the governed. He also noted that the non-compliance to the protection right attracts stiff penalties.
“Nigeria already has some policies in place to ensure the protection of citizens’ data and to also build trust between government and citizens.
“There is also subsidiary legislation called the guidelines for processing personal data which gives impetus to the NDPR and assurance of confidentiality to citizens.
“Thirdly, government also invested in creating awareness among the citizenry to enable understanding of both the regulation and government’s willingness to adhere to the dictates of law regarding confidentiality.”
The Minister also disclosed that data collection played a significant role in aiding government’s pro-activeness in managing the COVID 19 pandemic in Nigeria.