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Spaces for Change commends Signing of Nigeria Data Protection Act, 2023 into Law

By Eyo Nsima

A Spaces for Change has welcomed the signing into law of the Nigeria Data Protection Act, 2023 by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Wednesday, 14th June 2023.

The organization maintained that the landmark legislation provides a robust legal framework for the protection of personal information and the practice of data protection in Nigeria.

In a statement obtained by The Daily, www.thedaily-ng.com, Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri, Executive Director, stated: “At the core of data protection legislation is the ambition to protect individuals’ right to informational privacy through a series of measures designed to curb unauthorized access or disclosure of personal information and incidences of data reaches in a growing and progressively volatile data environment.

“The Nigeria Data Protection Act, 2023, is a major milestone in safeguarding the privacy and fundamental rights of individuals. With the establishment of the Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC), which replaces the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB), this law strengthens the regulatory oversight of personal data processing in the country.

“This legislation will play a crucial role in safeguarding the rights of data subjects and providing effective recourse and remedies in the event of breaches. It places obligations on data controllers and process or to fulfill their responsibilities towards data subjects. Additionally, the establishment of an impartial, independent, and effective regulatory commission will provide robust supervision and oversight of data protection and privacy matters.

“A space for Change commends the federal government and all stakeholders involved in the passage and signing of this significant legislation. We believe that the Nigeria Data Protection Act, 2023, will serve as a catalyst for a secure and privacy-respecting digital ecosystem in our country. It is our hope that the ethos containedinthislegislation will be upheld in all situations, including conflict, tensions, riots, protests and other forms of dissension. Situations like this have often been used by previous governments as impetus to infringe on citizen’s right to privacy and ability to express and associate freely.”

She added: “As an organization dedicated to promoting human rights and digital freedoms, Spaces for Change remains committed to collaborating with all stakeholders in the implementation and effective enforcement of this law. We will continue to advocate for the promotion and protection of digital rights.”

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