As part of activities to observe the Global Data Privacy Day 2023, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, will flag-off a week-long series of events meant to sensitize Nigerians on the need for data protection.
The National Privacy Week, as it is tagged, will kick-start with a press conference on the Global Data Privacy Day, Saturday January 28, 2023, a day set aside by the international community to create awareness of fundamental rights and freedoms relating to the privacy of citizens in the data processing ecosystem.
The National Privacy Week also coincides with the one year anniversary of the establishment of the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB).
In line with the overarching global objective of awareness on data privacy, the Bureau will be organising the National Privacy Week, which is a week of intensive focus on awareness creation in the area of data subjects’ rights, capacity building on data governance, data breach remediation, among others.
The NDPB under the leadership of Dr. Vincent Olatunji as its National Commission and CEO, will set-up an Accelerated Data Breach Remediation unit to resolve petitions from data subjects within the National Privacy Week.
The NDPB provides expert advice on data protection issues and handle complaints lodged against violations of the General Data Protection Regulation and the relevant national laws.
The bureau has in the past one year collaborated with both government and public establishments, to ensure data security and compliance to the laws.
The goal is to prevent external malicious actors or internal threats from gaining unauthorised access to data and systems. The Bureau encourages and backs up organisations to ensure that cyber security measures are put in place for the purpose of preventing attacks on internal networks, network perimeters, data-in-transit, and data-at-rest.