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FG tasks Nigerians on data protection, citizens’ privacy 

The federal government Wednesday asked Nigerians to be conscious of information and data they shared online.

National Commissioner/CEO, National Data Protection Commission (NDPC), Dr. Vincent Olatunji, while speaking in Abuja at a Digital Rights Innovation Lab meeting organised by Accountability Lab Nigeria in collaboration with, Spaces for Change, National Data Protection Commission, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, and National Endowment for Democracy, said this would reduce breaches and privacy infringements of individuals and organizations.

 He stated that the commission is  committed to  improving its capacity to protect the personal information, data and privacy of citizens, in line with global data regulations.

Represented by the head, Innovation Unit, Nigeria Data Protection Commission, NDPC, Chiderah Claire Ikeokonkwo, the Commissioner added that besides educating the public on the need to protect the value of information and content shared in online platforms, government was also committed to deepening awareness, strengthening data protection mechanisms in order to instill trust and confidence. 

“Everything we do these days is connected to technology and as a result of that, we need to be able to have some control over the use, the access, what exactly is being done with these information that we exchange online. 

“So, at the Nigeria data protection commission we regulate the processing of personal data, which means that we superintend over issues of data protection and privacy in all sectors of the economy and so in terms of work, the kind of work that we do with civil society organisations like accountability lab, it centers around stakeholder engagements. 

“We also organise trainings, any form of capacity building just to make sure that we are doing something to positively increase the awareness on data protection and privacy in Nigeria and to also make sure that we’re building the number of experts on the issue of data protection and privacy,” he said.

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