NDPC Steps Up Data Protection Accountability, Issues Guidance Notice

The Nigeria Data Protection Commission has set machinery in motion to enforce data subjects’ rights and promote trust in Nigeria’s digital economy ecosystem.

In its Guidance Notice titled: GUIDANCE NOTICE ON THE FILING OF DATA PROTECTION COMPLIANCE AUDIT RETURNS (CAR), the Commission advises data controllers and processors to file compliance audit returns or risk being excluded from the National Data Protection Adequacy Programme (NaDPAP) Whitelist.

According to a press release signed by NDPC Lead, Legal, Enforcement and Regulations Department, Babatunde Bamigboye Esq., said that the data controllers and processors comprise banks, telcos, hospitals, schools, ICT companies, and data centers among others.

It will be recalled that the National Commissioner/CEO, of NDPC, Dr. Vincent Olatunji recently disclosed that the Commission is carrying out free induction training for designated Data Protection Officers in both public and private sectors to ensure that Nigeria can contribute competitively to the global digital economy.

The Commission further advised that agents and contractors who carry out data processing on behalf of data controllers should be trained and onboarded on the Commission’s portal.

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