…says app ’put many Nigerians in unsavoury conditions’
The National Information Technology Agency (NITDA) has commenced investigation into the breach of privacy of Nigerians by Truecaller.
NITDA, in a statement signed on Monday by its Director General Kashifu Abdullahi Inuwa, said the caller-identification service was putting ‘’many Nigerians in unsavoury conditions.’’
He said the provisions of the policy can be exploited to ‘’put many Nigerians in unsavoury conditions.’’
He said contrary to the expectation of many users, the Truecaller service collects far more information than it needs to provide its primary service.
He assured Nigerians that NITDA would continue to monitor the activities of digital service providers with a view to ensuring that the rights of Nigerians are not unduly breached while also improving the operational environment to support ethical players in their bid to get maximum benefit from Nigeria.
He said NITDA’s findings revealed that there are over seven million Nigerians who are active users of the Service, hence the need to enlighten the public on some of the areas of non-compliance as well as guide those affected.
Truecaller is a smartphone application which has features of caller-identification, call-blocking, flash-messaging, call-recording, Chat & Voice which uses the internet. The service requires users to provide a standard cellular mobile number for registering with the service. Truecaller was developed by True Software Scandinavia AB, a privately held company in Stockholm, Sweden founded by Alan Mamedi and Nami Zarringhalam in 2009.