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The National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, says it is making plans to present a new data protection bill to the National Assembly to translate into a new law and urged Nigerians to prepare for the new realities.

The agency’s CEO, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, revealed this at a workshop for data protection officers and focal persons held in Abuja.

He said the law, when implemented, is expected to be a game changer for the digital economic aspirations of the current administration. The head of NITDA explained that the workshop was organized as part of his strategic commitment to deepen the implementation of the NDPR and the Nigerian Data Protection Bill, 2020, which is currently under consultation.

Abdullahi, who described data protection officers as the true forerunners of data protection compliance, said DPOs must be independent and report directly to the appropriate management level of the organization to ensure effective management of the risks of data protection. privacy and participate in the management of all issues. which relate to the processing of personal data.

He also said that every DPO must be an expert in data protection legislation, regulation and practice; act as a point of contact for the supervisory authority; periodically inform the directors and employees of the organization of their obligations in relation to personal data; and provide advice regarding privacy impact assessments conducted by the organization.

“Our goal is for you to understand what the bill entails and how you can start preparing your organization for the realities to come.

“We are confident that this workshop will add value to you and help you do your job as DPO better. We are also making a presentation on the new data protection bill. “

It will be recalled that the current Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, as then Director General of NITDA on January 25, 2019, issued the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) pursuant to Section 6 (a, c) of the NITDA Law of 2007.

Data protection is framed in the Development Regulation, the first pillar of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS: 2019), an indication of the critical place it occupies in the desire for a completely new economic paradigm that works for the innovative and hard-working mass of Nigerians.

“I daresay that the moderate success we have achieved in the last 20 months is the result of your support, questions, and concern for us to do well as a nation in this important area. This visionary move has become a game changer for Nigeria’s digital economic aspirations. “

While urging participants to be professional in their dealings, he urged them to always share the perspective of their important jobs as Data Protection Officers (DPOs).

He also urged the participant to develop an appetite to continue to improve their organization’s compliance with information security and data protection. In his presentation, the guest speaker, Mr. Franklin Akinsuyi, who is a recognized expert in data protection, tasked the DPO with ensuring strict adherence to current regulations.

According to him, there are no specific restrictions on the performance of his role, except to avoid conflicting, legal and compliance, security and technology roles.

“” It is critical that those responsible for data protection understand how to create, implement and manage data protection projects. The more complex the data processing activity, the more expertise the RPD will need. You must have a thorough understanding of the NDPR and understand the standard and structure of the organization, “he said.

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