Data Protection Compliance Requirement for Nigerian Businesses
- WHAT IS NIGERIAN DATA PROTECTION REGULATION?
Nigerian Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) provides legal safeguards for the processing of personal data.
- LAWS GOVERNING NIGERIAN DATA PROTECTION
The Nigeria Data Protection Act 2023 (NDPA) is Nigeria’s main data protection legislation and it provides a legal framework for the protection of personal information and establishes the Nigerian data protection commission for the regulation of the processing of personal data information.
The Act prohibits unlawful processing of personal information which consists of personal data and sensitive personal data of natural persons. The Constitution also Contains provisions for data protection.
- IMPORTANCE OF COMPLIANCE WITH NDPR
- Non-compliance with personal data protection laws can lead to reputational damage such as loss of customer trust & brand value, etc.
- Organizations that are non-compliant with the regulation may have to pay 2% of their annual turnover or N10, 000, 000 , whichever is higher.
- Companies may also be liable for any damage caused to individuals because of their voluntary or involuntary actions.
- The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) can revoke your license or impose a temporary or permanent ban impacting your operations, as a result of failure to comply with the NDPR.
- STEP TO COMPLY WITH THE NIGERIA DATA PROTECTION REGULATION (NDPR)
Determine if Your organization is a Data Controller or Data Processor: Difference between the Data Controller and Data Processor:
i. Data controller is the one that decides how the data is collected, used, and disclosed according to data protection compliance, also to ensure that personal data is obtained with explicit user consent.
ii Data Processor processes users’ personal data on behalf of the data controller. The data controller will be held liable for any violation done by the data processor or the data controller.
- Mitigate the Issues: As soon as you know what processes your organization follows and where it stands in terms of data protection, you need to deal with the issues.
- Appoint a Data Privacy Officer (DPO): To comply with NDPR, you must appoint a Data Privacy Officer (DPO), which can be an individual or an entity. A few roles of a DPO includes: Monitoring Internal compliance, offering guidance, serving as a contact point, conducting data protection impact assessment.
- Submitting Reports to NITDA: The data controllers who process the personal data of over 1000 subjects in 6 months must submit a soft copy of the audit to the NITDA through their appointed DPOs. Here’s what the report must contain: A detailed description of data processing activities, which would include the type of data collected and the purpose, the parties with whom the data is shared, proof of compliance with the NDPR.
- Train your Staff: When your staff/employees know the importance of NDPR will they be able to follow the regulations and help stay compliant.
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