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NITDA investigates NIS, banks, telcos over data breach

NITDA's Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami
Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is currently investigating some entities including banks, Financial Technology Compabies (Fintechs) and telecom companies for leaking Nigerians’ data in their custody to a third party.

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) is also under investigation for alleged violation of Article 2.1(2, 3) of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), NITDA’s Director General Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami said in a statement at the weekend.

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Dr Pantami said: ‘’ The management of NITDA would like to bring to the notice of the general public of on-going investigation of alleged breach of the data privacy rights of Nigerians by some Data Controllers’’.

‘’NITDA is currently investigating some entities including Banks, Fintechs, Telcos etc. who are in alleged breach of the NDPR.

‘’The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) is also under investigation for alleged violation of Article 2.1(2, 3) of the NDPR.

‘’We therefore wish to assure all Nigerians that NITDA is willing, able and ready to implement the NDPR with the ultimate aim of ensuring compliance and making businesses and government work better for every Nigerian.’’

It may be recalled that NITDA issued the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) on 25th January, 2019 with the aim of stemming the tide of wanton abuse of data privacy, improving the global image of the Nigerian business environment and to stimulate a data economy which would lead to the creation of 300,000 jobs by 2022.

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