The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday accepted the Data Protection Bill HB 02 which was recently cleaned up by the House of Representatives. The bill which provides for an Act to Provide for the Establishment of a Data Protection Commission.
The bill would also task the agency with Responsibility for the Protection of Personal Data and Data Subjects’ Rights and Regulation of the Processing of Personal Information, and for Related Matters in Nigeria.
It would be recalled that the (National Information Technology Development Agency) NITDA released a set of guidelines to streamline the data protection rights of Nigerian citizens. The guideline which came into force in January 2019 was made pursuant to section 6 of the NITDA Act.
Reputable data protection lawyer Adavize Alao had earlier opined that NITDA did not have proper legislative backing to regulate the rights of data subjects in Nigeria as the release of the guideline would be an act of illegality by the Federal Agency.