NITDA engage Data Protection Officers in Lagos

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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has organised a One-Day Workshop for Data Protection Officers on 9th January, 2020 in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos State.

This workshop is organised as part of NITDA’s strategic engagement to deepen the implementation of the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation (NDPR).

Director General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, who was represented by Mrs. Chioma Okee-Aguguo, Head Southwest Zonal Office, said that the NDPR does not mandate that every data Controller must designate a Data Protection Officer (DPO), however, in line with global best practice, organisations who deal in large data sets, governments and those whose processes involve regular use of personal data must designate a DPO.

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The DG recalled that, “on 25th January, 2019, the current Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, as the then Director General of NITDA, issued the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) pursuant to Section 6(a, c) of the NITDA Act, 2007. This visionary move has become a game changer for the digital economy aspirations of Nigeria.”

“The interest and turnout for this workshop is a testament to the fact that Nigerians appreciate what the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is trying to do in the area of data protection. I make bold to say that the moderate success we have achieved is as a result of your support, questions and interest for us to get it right as a nation in this interesting area,” the DG said.

He however congratulated the participants for their emergence as DPOs and assure them NITDA’s full support in discharging their duties.

“I want to congratulate you for being part of those who are blazing the trail in this emerging area. Whatever the consideration for your appointment, be rest assured that NITDA has got your back and we are willing to do all within our mandate to make sure that you succeed in this role as a DPO,” he said.

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