Nigeria Approves Data Protection Bill

According to ITEdge Nigeria, the Nigeria Data Protection Bill, 2023 was signed into law by President Bola Tinubu on June 14th.

The Nigerian government has established the Nigeria Data Protection Commission, which is led by a national commissioner. Its purpose is to oversee and regulate the processing of personal information by entities.

The NDPC has been given the responsibility of aiding in the advancement of personal data protection technologies, following established international standards.

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Now an Act, the new law establishes the Nigeria Data Protection Commission  and replaces the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB) established by President Buhari in February 2022. The Commission will be led by a National Commissioner with the responsibility for regulating the processing of personal information.

Part of the mandates of the Commission include to  foster the development of personal data protection technologies, in accordance with recognised international good practices and ensure compliance with data protection obligations.