The Federal Government has admitted in about 98% of its data formerly hosted offshore. Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi, the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA) intimated this during a virtual Press Conference on Monday as part of the plans for Privacy Week 2021, asserting that the action is aimed at boosting local content and would benefit the country.
The NITDA boss revealed that the policy of Indigenous Content Promotion undertaken by NITDA has started to yield results as over 1.2 million Information and Communications Technology (ICT) devices have been sold between 2015 and 2019.
Mallam Abdullahi stated that most of the agency’s interventions are targeted at developing the economy of the country, adding Nigeria recently focused on building the capacity of Nigerians to acquire skills necessary to drive a digital economy.
Speaking on Nigeria’s data privacy regulations, Abdullahi recalled that NITDA since 2013, had issued a draft Data Protection Guideline, for the purpose of providing a basic law to guide the use of data in the digital space.
However, in 2016, when the EU GDPR was issued in 2016, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, the then Director-General of NITDA, set up a team to review the draft guideline in the light of global developments, providing Nigerians with a practicable law for its implementation.
He said, “The team made a couple of brilliant recommendations and got necessary assistance from law firms, GDPR consultants, and some multinationals that made inputs through the NITDA Rule Making process.
After exhausting the consultative process, the Agency issued the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) on 25th January 2019.”
He also explained that the objectives of the NDPR are to meet the global, especially GDPR principles on data protection; provide unique and innovative implementation frameworks that have made it a reference point across Africa and beyond.
“Following the issuance of the Regulation, NITDA has taken a number of steps in line with its implementation strategy”, he added.
In the meantime, NITDA is set to host an all-important ‘Privacy Tech Expo’ today, Tuesday, January 26, 2021.
Describing the Expo, Abdullahi said, “This first of its kind program is conceptualized to promote Nigerian innovations around privacy and data protection. NITDA as an information technology regulator has a duty to ensure all regulatory efforts are infused with requisite technological support.
We will have pitch sessions and our selected panel of experts will provide guidance on how to improve on the solutions provided.”
Another webinar tagged “Privacy and Public Health Management – Lessons from COVID-19” – will focus on privacy issues occasioned by the COVID-19, induced processes such as contact tracing, temperature capturing, and vaccine trials among others.
Hence, the webinar is expected to analyze the issues and provides workable solutions to be considered by the government and other stakeholders.
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