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The NDPC Organizes Sensitization Workshop on Data Privacy and Protection

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The NDPC Organizes Sensitization Workshop on Data Privacy and Protection
The Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC) organized a sensitization workshop on data privacy and protection for data processors and controllers. The workshop aimed to create awareness of the NDPC Act and emphasize the need for data protection and security. The workshop also aimed to build confidence and trust in the Nigerian system, attracting foreign investments to the country.

The Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC) recently held a sensitization workshop on Data Privacy and Protection for Data Processors and Controllers. The workshop, which took place in Lagos, aimed to create awareness of the NDPC Act and the importance of data protection and security.

The National Commissioner of the NDPC, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, highlighted that the workshop sought to sensitize data processors and controllers about the care and accountability required in order to protect and secure collected data. He emphasized the significance of building confidence and trust in the Nigerian system through the proper implementation of the act, as it would attract foreign investments to the country.

Dr. Vincent Olatunji stated, "With this law, we have been able to cross that stage and we know that an average investor coming to Nigeria will know that we have a law and we have an independent Data Protection Authority (DPA)." He recognized the workshop as a major milestone in the country, particularly under the current administration.

According to the NDPC, there are over 500,000 data processors and controllers in Nigeria who are required to register with the commission as stated by the law. The commissioner emphasized the need for Data Protection Officers (DPOs) and Data Protection Compliance Organizations (DPCOs) to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the law within six months.

In addition to the workshop held in Lagos, the NDPC plans to repeat the awareness campaign in Abuja. The commission aims to be visible on various platforms and media houses, as well as social media, to further create awareness and drive data processors and controllers to register with the commission.

Dr. Vincent Olatunji stressed the importance of regulation and monitoring, stating, "If the commission could not count the DPOs and DPCOs and did not know them, how could they be regulated?" The commission aims to monitor the activities of captured data processors and controllers and ensure compliance with data protection measures.

The deadline for DPOs and DPCOs to register with the commission is December 31. From January 1 to March 31, 2024, they will be required to submit their annual audit reports and measures taken to safeguard databases.

In his keynote address, Dr. Vincent Olatunji highlighted the benefits of the NDPC Act, including strengthened data security, trust building, and increased business competitiveness. He also emphasized the act's alignment with international standards, compliance, and accountability.

The commissioner further emphasized the potential of the NDPC to create wealth and employment by generating approximately 500,000 digital jobs. He called for the recruitment of more Data Protection Officers to support the commission's objectives.

The sensitization workshop on data privacy and protection conducted by the NDPC serves as a crucial step towards building trust and ensuring data security in Nigeria. It is a significant move that will not only benefit businesses but also attract foreign investors, ultimately strengthening the data landscape of the country.

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