The Nigeria Data Protection Bill has been approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for ratification and endorsement by the National Assembly. This was announced in a statement by Babatunde Bamigboye, Head of Legal, Enforcement & Regulations at the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau. The bill will now be sent to the National Assembly as an Executive Bill through the office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation.

In February, President Muhammadu Buhari established the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau to ensure compliance with the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation. The approval was made upon request by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami. The Bureau is responsible for implementing the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) and coordinating the passage of legislation to support data protection.

Core objectives

The Nigeria Data Protection Bill, recently approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC), aims to protect the rights and freedoms of individuals as well as their interests as stated in the Constitution of Nigeria. The bill includes provisions for regulating and processing personal data, promoting data processing practices that secure personal data and privacy, and ensuring fair, lawful, and accountable handling of personal data.

The Nigeria Data Protection Bill also aims to safeguard data subjects’ rights and provide ways to address breaches, enforce obligations of data controllers and data processors to data subjects, establish an independent regulatory commission to oversee data protection and privacy, and strengthen the legal foundation of the national digital economy to ensure Nigeria’s participation in the global economy through responsible use of personal data. Vincent Olatunji, National Commissioner and CEO of the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB), urged all stakeholders to support the government in realizing the potential of Nigeria’s digital economy and emphasized the Buhari administration’s commitment to protecting the rights and freedoms of Nigerian citizens through data protection measures.

Source: Premium Times

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