The federal government has begun probes into the activities of Meta owners of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, a haulage company, DHL, and online payment platform OPay.
This probe, Blueprint gathered, is as a result of several complaints against the companies by Nigerians over the violation of data subjects’ rights.
Aleeady, rhe Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC) has opened investigations into the data processing activities of the affected data controllers.
The companies, if found liable, would forfeit two percent of their annual gross revenue to the government.
This is the second time the NDPC would probe into the activities of some companies, banks and universities in the country over alleged data infractions.
Recall that the National Commissioner of NDPC, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, had warned during the Commission’s presentation of the Nigeria Data Protection Act, 2023 to the public that infractions would attract penalties in accordance with the letter and spirit of law.
Olatunji said the commission would not hesitate in “safeguarding the integrity of Nigeria data economy ecosystem.”