Nigerian Authorities by way of the Nationwide Data Know-how 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 ready to totally 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 accordance with the DG was meant to replace Nigerians on the place NITDA is by way of the Knowledge Safety Regulation implementation and its projections for 2021.
Recall that the company had issued a draft Knowledge Safety Guideline since 2013, with the target of offering a fundamental regulation to information the usage of knowledge within the digital house.
Nevertheless, when the EU GDPR was issued in 2016, the then Director Normal of NITDA, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, constituted a staff to evaluate the draft guideline within the mild of world developments and in addition to supply Nigerians with a practicable regulation for its implementation.
The staff made a few sensible suggestions and acquired obligatory help from regulation corporations, GDPR consultants and a few multinationals that made inputs by way of the NITDA Rule Making course of.
After exhausting the consultative course of, the Company issued the Nigeria Knowledge Safety Regulation (NDPR) on twenty fifth January, 2019.
The NDPR, is designed to satisfy the worldwide, particularly GDPR ideas on knowledge safety, and in addition gives distinctive and revolutionary implementation frameworks that has made it some extent of reference in Africa and past.
The DG mentioned that following the issuance of the regulation, NITDA has taken quite a lot of steps in keeping with its implementation technique.
In response to him, this steps embody: “Sustained Public Consciousness.
He mentioned NITDA will not be oblivious of the knowledge deficit of most Nigerians as regards the difficulty of knowledge safety.
“We realized that wielding the massive stick with out enough consciousness would result in apathy and, or insurrection. Thus, our first job was to embark on collection of public consciousness campaigns.
“We achieved huge media consciousness between Might and October 2019. Thus far, 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 regularly, we challenge press statements and opinions. As a company, our officers have made shows in over 105 occasions, workshops and seminars since 2019.
“Additionally, we have now handled 1,200 questions, request for clarification and different enquiries from the general public on the difficulty of knowledge safety.
“By our dynamic Implementation Committee, we have now organized Media Executives’ coaching and workshops for Knowledge Safety Compliance Organizations (DPCO), Knowledge Safety Officers, Knowledge Breach Investigation Group (DBIT), Police Enforcement Group, and choose NITDA employees, in-house workshop for main multinationals, Regulators and trade associations.
“Implementation Construction NITDA has created a singular implementation construction for the NDPR. In contrast to 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 supply knowledge safety compliance, audit, coaching and associated companies to all Knowledge Controllers and Processors. Thus far, we have now licensed seventy DPCOs and have obtained many extra purposes that are at present being handled.
“This technique has recorded compliance from many organizations than may very well be imagined. As an illustration, our audit reviews 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%, Power – 10%
Consultancy – 9%, ICT – 8%, Transport and logistics – 5%, Others – 19%.
”Nevertheless, with the route we’re transferring on NDPR audit compliance submitting, we’re very glad that we have now set out in the proper approach.
“Our technique of licensing DPCOs is yielding bounteous fruits as Nigeria now has extra knowledge safety specialists per capita than some other African nation.
“Our survey additionally reveals that wealth is being generated by way of the DPCO scheme. Curiously, 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 have now additionally inaugurated the Knowledge Breach Investigation Group (DBIT). This staff is made up of IT Professionals, Legal professionals and the Police Pressure.
“Their project is to analyze allegations of breach and make suggestions of actions to be taken on every case, by way of the Implementation Committee.
The Police staff can be empowered to ask, arrest, interrogate and prosecute erring offenders.
“NITDA, by way of the assist of its father or mother Ministry, has carried out loads to provide 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 personal 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 cross a Knowledge 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 method has deepened the NDPR greater than we might 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 Financial system was chosen as a member of the Technical Working Group on Knowledge 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 arrogance 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 nations. The import of that is that, NITDA has begun to open the doorways for our personal sector gamers to enterprise to different nations to duplicate the average success we have now achieved so far.
“Considered one of our DPCOs organized the first Africa Knowledge Safety Conclave that had audio system and attendees from throughout Africa and past.
“In December 2020, NITDA was appointed as full member of the Frequent Thread Community (CTN). CTN is a community of Commonwealth nations’ knowledge safety authorities. The CTN is hosted by the UK Data Commissioner’s Workplace.
“This strategic alliance would offer wanted assist in capability improvement, mentoring, and cross border enforcement. The influence of this improvement shall be amazingly limitless.
Whereas we await the passage of the Knowledge Safety Invoice, NITDA will proceed to put obligatory buildings 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 hundreds 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 development of the digital financial system.
“Like each different noble job, the implementation of the NDPR has been confronted with some challenges. As an illustration, our publicity and consciousness nonetheless wants extra enchancment. We are going to work extra with you, the media to upscale our efforts.
“One other challenge is capability. Whereas we have now a number of very devoted employees, we nonetheless want a whole lot of capability improvement and cross-breeding of concepts. We hope to get extra partnership and assist this 12 months to be able to fill this hole.
“Enforcement is one other bitter level. Our present efforts at enforcement is salutary however not almost sufficient. We’re contemplating all choices to make sure we don’t kill companies, whereas additionally guaranteeing companies don’t kill Nigerians by way of wanton abuse of their knowledge.
“I wish 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 totally implement this provision this 12 months.”