The National Information Technology Agency (NITDA) has commenced investigation into the potential breach of privacy rights of seven million Nigerians making use of Truecaller service.
Truecaller is a smartphone application which has features of caller-identification, call-blocking, flash-messaging, call-recording, Chat & Voice which uses the internet. The service requires users to provide a standard cellular mobile number for registering with the service.
The press statement made available reads,”The attention of the National Information Technology Agency (NITDA) has been drawn to the potential breach of privacy rights of Nigerians by the Truecaller Service. The Agency, in accordance with Section 6(f) of the NITDA Act 2007, which empowers the it to render advisory services in all information technology matters to the public and private sectors, wish to inform the public that it commences investigation of the potential breach.”
The agency in its statement assured Nigerians of its commitment to monitor the activities of digital service providers and protect against the breach of rights of Nigerians.
It added that,”the provisions of the policy can be exploited to put many Nigerians in unsavoury conditions and advised members of the public to delist themselves from the Truecaller Service completely.”
The agency also reiterated its commitment to improving the operational environment to support ethical players in their bid to get maximum benefit from Nigeria.