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On Tuesday, 12 June 2023, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu assented to the passage of the Nigeria Data Protection Bill into law. The draft Data Protection Bill was introduced by the National Data Protection Bureau (NDPB) on the 4th of October 2022 and was approved by the Federal Executive Council in February 2023. The Nigeria Data Protection Act 2023 (NDPA) is the first major federal legislative instrument for the processing and protection of personal data in Nigeria.
The NDPA provides a comprehensive approach to the protection of personal data and its regulatory framework in Nigeria. The NDPA mirrors the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to a very large extent with a number of new legal principles. Some of which include:
The primary objective of the NDPA is to safeguard the fundamental rights and freedom of privacy as guaranteed under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The NDPA will usher in a new era for privacy and data protection in Nigeria. We recommend that business owners and data dealers pay attention to the NDPA and their ensuing compliance obligations.
Should you have any questions regarding this legal alert do not hesitate to contact Sumbo Akintola