Nigerian Authorities by the Nationwide Info Expertise Improvement Company, NITDA, has reminded all knowledge controllers and processors within the nation that the deadline for the submitting of their annual knowledge audit report stays fifteenth March, 2021.
The Director-Normal of NITDA, Abdullahi Inuwa, warned that non-filing of the report is a punishable offence which the company is about to completely implement this 12 months.
This was contained within the DG’s opening speech on the Nationwide Privateness Week 2021 press convention and the revealing of the week’s actions.
The press convention, in keeping with the DG was meant to replace Nigerians on the place NITDA is by way of the Information Safety Regulation implementation and its projections for 2021.
Recall that the company had issued a draft Information Safety Guideline since 2013, with the target of offering a fundamental legislation to information the usage of knowledge within the digital area.
Nonetheless, when the EU GDPR was issued in 2016, the then Director Normal of NITDA, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, constituted a workforce to evaluate the draft guideline within the mild of world developments and likewise to offer Nigerians with a practicable legislation for its implementation.
The workforce made a few good suggestions and acquired mandatory help from legislation companies, GDPR consultants and a few multinationals that made inputs by the NITDA Rule Making course of.
After exhausting the consultative course of, the Company issued the Nigeria Information Safety Regulation (NDPR) on twenty fifth January, 2019.
The NDPR, is designed to satisfy the worldwide, particularly GDPR rules on knowledge safety, and likewise offers distinctive and progressive implementation frameworks that has made it a degree of reference in Africa and past.
The DG stated that following the issuance of the regulation, NITDA has taken quite a lot of steps in keeping with its implementation technique.
In line with him, this steps embrace: “Sustained Public Consciousness.
He stated NITDA shouldn’t be oblivious of the data deficit of most Nigerians as regards the problem of knowledge safety.
“We realized that wielding the large stick with out enough consciousness would result in apathy and, or rebel. Thus, our first activity was to embark on collection of public consciousness campaigns.
“We achieved huge media consciousness between Might and October 2019. To this point, we’re the primary nation in Africa to dedicate an entire week to public consciousness on knowledge privateness safety.
“Our first privateness week held from twenty third – twenty eighth January, 2020, and frequently, we challenge press statements and opinions. As a corporation, our officers have made displays in over 105 occasions, workshops and seminars since 2019.
“Additionally, we’ve handled 1,200 questions, request for clarification and different enquiries from the general public on the problem of knowledge safety.
“By our dynamic Implementation Committee, we’ve organized Media Executives’ coaching and workshops for Information Safety Compliance Organizations (DPCO), Information Safety Officers, Information Breach Investigation Group (DBIT), Police Enforcement Group, and choose NITDA workers, in-house workshop for main multinationals, Regulators and trade associations.
“Implementation Construction NITDA has created a singular implementation construction for the NDPR. Not like the GDPR and different legal guidelines, NDPR creates a set of licensees who’ve confirmed experience in knowledge safety implementation.
“These DPCOs are licensed to offer knowledge safety compliance, audit, coaching and associated providers to all Information Controllers and Processors. To this point, we’ve licensed seventy DPCOs and have obtained many extra functions that are presently being handled.
“This technique has recorded compliance from many organizations than may very well be imagined. As an illustration, our audit stories for the interval 2019-2020 exhibits the proportion of compliance among the many variety of submitting entities.
These sectors contains: Monetary Companies – 35%, Quick Shifting Shopper Items – 14%, Vitality – 10%
Consultancy – 9%, ICT – 8%, Transport and logistics – 5%, Others – 19%.
”Nonetheless, with the route we’re shifting on NDPR audit compliance submitting, we’re very glad that we’ve set out in the proper manner.
“Our technique of licensing DPCOs is yielding bounteous fruits as Nigeria now has extra knowledge safety consultants per capita than another African nation.
“Our survey additionally reveals that wealth is being generated by the DPCO scheme. Apparently, this aligns with President’s Muhammadu Buhari’s imaginative and prescient to diversify the financial system, create sustainable jobs and develop the digital financial system.
“Apart from the compliance focus, we’ve additionally inaugurated the Information Breach Investigation Group (DBIT). This workforce is made up of IT Professionals, Attorneys and the Police Drive.
“Their project is to research allegations of breach and make suggestions of actions to be taken on every case, by the Implementation Committee.
The Police workforce can be empowered to ask, arrest, interrogate and prosecute erring offenders.
“NITDA, by the assist of its mum or dad Ministry, has executed loads to offer authorized and political credence to the NDPR. Part 6(c) of the NITDA Act 2007 mandates the Company to develop pointers for digital governance and monitor the usage of digital knowledge interchange and different types of digital communication transactions as a substitute for paper-based strategies in authorities, commerce, schooling, the non-public and public sectors, labour, and different fields, the place the usage of digital communication could enhance the alternate of knowledge and data.
“Right here, NITDA’s technique is to create a workable, credible implementation course of that might help the Nationwide Meeting in its quest to go a Information Safety Invoice.
“We’re proud to say the NDPR implementation has essentially the most sturdy consultative course of in our current historical past as a nation. This autochthonous strategy has deepened the NDPR greater than we may have imagined.
“Allow me to make clear some strategic steps being taken by NITDA to proceed the strengthening of the NDPR implementation in Nigeria.
“In March 2020, NITDA, on the advice of the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economic system was chosen as a member of the Technical Working Group on Information Safety Legal guidelines Harmonization and Localization in Africa hosted by the African Union Fee with assist from the European Union Fee. Nigeria was appointed because the Vice Chair of this essential group.
“The boldness reposed in us by the African and European Unions has been justified by our experiential, collegial and mental inputs to the method which has endeared us to our sister international locations. The import of that is that, NITDA has begun to open the doorways for our non-public sector gamers to enterprise to different international locations to duplicate the average success we’ve achieved to this point.
“Considered one of our DPCOs organized the first Africa Information Safety Conclave that had audio system and attendees from throughout Africa and past.
“In December 2020, NITDA was appointed as full member of the Widespread Thread Community (CTN). CTN is a community of Commonwealth nations’ knowledge safety authorities. The CTN is hosted by the UK Info Commissioner’s Workplace.
“This strategic alliance would supply wanted assist in capability growth, mentoring, and cross border enforcement. The affect of this growth shall be amazingly limitless.
Whereas we await the passage of the Information Safety Invoice, NITDA will proceed to put mandatory constructions to deepen knowledge safety implementation in Nigeria.
“In mild of the above, allow me to current a few of our visions for 12 months 2021 as follows: Improvement of sectorial implementation toolkits – The target right here is to get sector stakeholders to agree on a single, workable template for compliance of their sector.
“Standardization of NDPR programs and trainings – We will have interaction vigorous and skilled Nigerian primarily based establishments that might assist us standardize and accredit knowledge safety and data safety coaching and certification. We hope to develop a multi-billion naira sector that might create 1000’s of jobs for trainers, content material suppliers and different professionals.
“We’re additionally going to rejig our enforcement mechanism to enhance compliance. COVID-19 slowed down our enforcement imaginative and prescient in 2020, however we’re going to redouble our efforts on this route as knowledge safety has grow to be a pivot for the continued progress of the digital financial system.
“Like each different noble activity, the implementation of the NDPR has been confronted with some challenges. As an illustration, our publicity and consciousness nonetheless wants extra enchancment. We’ll work extra with you, the media to upscale our efforts.
“One other challenge is capability. Whereas we’ve a couple of very devoted workers, we nonetheless want loads of capability growth and cross-breeding of concepts. We hope to get extra partnership and assist this 12 months with a purpose to fill this hole.
“Enforcement is one other bitter level. Our present efforts at enforcement is salutary however not practically sufficient. We’re contemplating all choices to make sure we don’t kill companies, whereas additionally making certain companies don’t kill Nigerians by wanton abuse of their knowledge.
“I need to use this chance to remind all knowledge controllers and processors that the deadline for the submitting of their annual knowledge audit report is fifteenth March, 2021. Non-filing is a punishable offence, and we’re set to completely implement this provision this 12 months.”