NITDA resolves 790 issues over data protection

The Director General (DG) of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, has revealed that 790 issues relating to data protection has been resolved through the Agency partnership with Data Protection Compliance Organizations (DPCO).

He disclosed this on Wednesday during a professional development workshop organized by NITDA, aimed at ensuring a developed data privacy in the country.

The DG, who was represented by Dr. Vincent Olatunji, the Director, e-Government Development and Regulations (eGDR), praised the resilience and innovation of DPCOs in entrenching data protection in Nigeria.

Mr. Inuwa Abdullahi, highlighted some achievements NITDA has recorded in its partnership with DPCOs, which include the issuance of 230 enforcement and compliance notices, which led to more patronage of the DPCOs, and issuance of press statements to increase public awareness, together with the trainings of DPCOs.

He said: “We participated in about 93 events hosted by DPCOs and other stakeholders all in a bid to deepen understanding and to improve compliance.”

The NITDA boss, further asserted that the workshop has met its objective of developing the capacity of DPCOs to be better prepared and equipped to operationalize the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) and the Data Protection Act (when passed).

The participants appreciated NITDA for its laudable achievements so far, and assured the Agency that they will endeavour to play a great part in promoting policies and strategies that would yield positive impact on individuals and the nation at large.

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