The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has commenced investigation into some banks, network operators, financial technology companies and the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS).
According to NITDA, the unnamed companies violated the data privacy rights of their customers.
It was learnt that the companies’ handling of customers’ data was not in compliance with the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), while the NIS breached Article 2.1(2,3) of the NDPR.
The NDPR was created to protect the data and privacy of individuals, and deter companies or agencies from abuse of data.
[READ MORE: Airtel and MTN Nigeria are sending bad signals from NSE to Glo, 9mobile] While addressing the investigation, the NITDA’s Director General, Dr Isa Ibrahim said, “The management of the National Information Technology Development Agency will like to bring to the notice of the general public the on-going investigation of alleged breach of the data privacy rights of Nigerians by some data controllers.
[READ FURTHER: State Governors parted with N33.9 billion to external debt deductions] Although he didn’t disclose how the data were used by the companies and NIS, the NDPR, however, stated that data should not be obtained without the consent of the owners, or received through fraud, coercion or undue influence.
Penalty for breach: If the companies and NIS are found to have breached the data protection regulation after the investigation, they will be sanctioned.