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FG Orders telcos to protect subscribers’ data

By Stanley Iwuoha

The Federal government says it has directed the telecommunications Service Providers in the country to ensure that subscribers’ data with them are properly secured and protected.

This is even as the government assured foreigners hosting their data in Nigeria of adequate protection of their data under its care and those with private sector which it regulates.

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami made this known in Abuja while presenting a keynote address at the Global Privacy day celebration 2021.

The Minister said the directive was imperative considering the crucial role data plays in the emerging digital market, saying that the creation of the Digital Market would enable the continent gain the advantage of economies of its 1.3 billion people.

He called on Nigerians to be ambassadors of data protection in their domain.

The ASDM, he said would also help us have data, while also protecting the multinational technology investors.

‘‘The digital economy is fundamentally transforming the way societies, businesses including the business of governance operate and deliver services.

He explained that the current efforts of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy in encouraging Nigerians to register for the National Identity Number (NIN) is a strategic and critical national effort to ensure Nigerians have a credible, converged and consistent database for identity purposes.

He further explained that the the ministry was also working with relevant organs of government to ensure Nigeria passes a well-thought, digital-economy propelling Data Protection Act.

In his address, the Director General of NITDA, Mallam Abdullahi Kashifu Inuwa
said the selection of theme for the 2021 Privacy Week celebration in Nigeria, “Harnessing Data as Critical Infrastructure for the Digital Economy”, was due to the importance NITDA attached to the celebration and various sessions in the week.

The DG said the giant strides so far made by the agency in our digital economy effort justifies the importance of identity, data collection and management, which is very crucial at this period that we are on a journey to a digital nation.

Inuwa noted that since the issuance of the NDPR in January 2019, NITDA has made some remarkable strides, some of which are: Vice Chair of the African Union TWG on data localisation and harmonisation; full member of the common thread network (CTN); creation of over 2,686 new jobs and issuance of the NDPR Implementation Framework 2020.


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