NITDA to initiate code of conduct for social media activities in Nigeria

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) said it is joining with relevant stakeholders to develop a code of conduct for social media activities in Nigeria.

According to NAN, this was announced by the Director General of NITDA, Mr. Kashifu Inuwa, during an interactive session with journalists on Monday in Abuja, to launch this year’s “National Protection Week”.

Inuwa said the effort was aimed at protecting Nigerians from data privacy intrusion, adding that the agency was putting in place measures to impose more penalties on data privacy violators, such as platforms. forms of loan applications violating the privacy of its users.

What the NITDA Director General Says

Inuwa said:We will work with key stakeholders to develop a code of conduct for social media engagements in Nigeria.”

He explained that it is only through an effective regulatory framework that Nigeria could fully harness the potential of the social media platform.

He said, “For example, according to some investigative reports from some international news agencies such as CNN, Reuters, BBC and Guardian (UK), Twitter and Facebook have taken down some social media accounts operating in Nigeria and Ghana because ‘they were linked to strangers who were using the said accounts to manipulate the public.

“Twitter has been adamant that the accounts attempt to sow discord by engaging in conversation about social issues.

“The Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) prohibits this manner of atrocious intrusion and manipulation of personal data.

“By collaborating as the vanguard of Nigerian sovereignty, government agencies are sending signals to the big data community that business will not be business as usual.”

Listing the successes recorded so far in the implementation of the NDPR, Inuwa said NITDA has embarked on various capacity building initiatives which have resulted in the training of 5,746 Nigerians.

He said Nigeria had gone from zero compliance with data privacy audits in 2018 to 635 in 2020 and over 1,230 compliance audits in 2021, finance, consultancy, ICT, digital media and manufacturing being ranked among the best performing industries for data compliance.

The NITDA boss revealed that the agency, in conjunction with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and other concerned agencies, has decided to sanction lending app operators who breach data privacy.

He assured, “We will ensure that this challenge is met in collaboration with the CBN; we have sanctioned some of them and we are working with other policy makers to address this challenge.”

What you should know

  • The NDPR was created to regulate who has access to and control of people’s data.
  • Prior to the NDPR, there were provisions in a few laws that protected certain information or data from unlawful use.3 However, unlike the NDPR, these provisions were ambiguous, inadequate and ineffective in imposing penalties and ensuring compliance in the event of a data breach.

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