The Director General of NITDA, Dr Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, has informed all data controllers and processors that the deadline for the filing of their annual data audit report is 15th March, 2021.
He said the agency is set to enforce compliance this year, and noted that
non-filing of the annual data audit report is a punishable offence.
The Director General made the disclosure while briefing Journalist virtually at the special privacy week.
He added that the agency is moving in the right direction in terms of Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) audit compliance filing.
“Our strategy of licensing Data Protection Compliance Organizations ( DPCOs) is yielding bounteous fruits as Nigeria now has more data protection experts per capita than any other African country. Our survey also reveals that wealth is being generated through the DPCO scheme.”
“It aligns with President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision to diversify the economy, create sustainable jobs and develop the digital economy.
Aside from the compliance focus, we have also inaugurated the Data Breach Investigation Team (DBIT). This team is made up of IT Professionals, Lawyers and the Police Force. Their assignment is to investigate allegations of breach and make recommendations of actions to be taken on each case, through the Implementation Committee.”
He noted that the Police team is also empowered to invite, arrest, interrogate and prosecute erring offenders.
The Director General explained that NITDA is creating a workable, credible implementation process that would assist the National Assembly in its quest to pass a Data Protection Bill.
“We are proud to say the NDPR implementation has the most robust consultative process in our recent history as a nation. This autochthonous approach has deepened the NDPR more than we could have imagined.
In March 2020, NITDA, was selected as a member of the Technical Working Group on Data Protection Laws Harmonization and Localization in Africa hosted by the African Union Commission with support from the European Union Commission. Nigeria was appointed as the Vice Chair of this very important group.”
Recall that NITDA issued the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), on 25th January, 2019.
The NDPR, is designed to meet the global, especially GDPR principles on data protection, and also provides unique and innovative implementation framework that has made it a point of reference in Africa and beyond.