Breach Of Customers’ Data Privacy: FG Probes Online Banks

By Sami Tunji Abuja – The Federal Government has begun a probe of online banks over their alleged breaches of customers’ data privacy, it has been learnt. The Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency, Kashifu Inuwa, who made this disclosure in Abuja on Monday, said the agency was working with the Nigeria Police Force and other relevant agencies to investigate several lending platforms, popularly called loan shark platforms. He said this while addressing journalists ahead of the National Privacy Week 2022. “We are working with relevant agencies to make sure we address that challenge because it is not only NITDA’s mandate that governs everything. When you talk about any financial services, it is the CBN. When you talk about general complaints, there is a commission for that. But NITDA plays a critical role because of the breach of data privacy. “We have sanctioned some of them. We are working with the Nigerian police, investigating many of them. We are working to address the challenge,” Inuwa said. Amidst outcry of data invasion by Nigerians against lending platforms, NITDA had imposed a …

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NITDA Commences Enforcement of IT Content Development, Projects Clearance

By Ijeoma Olorunfemi Abuja – The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has commenced the enforcement for compliance to the guidelines on Information Communication Technology (ICT) content development and projects clearance among 125 Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs) and government owned companies. Mr Kashifu Inuwa, the Director-General of NITDA, said this on Tuesday in a statement he signed and issued in Abuja. Inuwa recalled that the agency, with the mandate of regulating Information Technology (IT) in the country, issued a circular with Reference Number 59736/S.2/C.11/125 on Aug. 31, 2018 to MDAs. He said that the circular mandated the MDAs and government companies to clear IT projects with NITDA before such is implemented. This he said was in compliance with the Regulatory Framework for Promotion of Local Content in IT and projects clearance. The director-general reiterated that it was in line with Executive Orders 003 and 005 approved by the FG in 2018. “NITDA hereby notifies the general public, MDAs and government-owned companies that the agency has initiated enforcement action against 125 MDAs. “This is for violation of the directive of the …

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Jigawa University Receives 100 Laptops From NITDA

By Nabilu  Balarabe Kafin Hausa (Jigawa) – The Management of Sule Lamido University, Kafin-Hausa in Jigawa, on Wednesday said it had received 100 Laptops from the National Information Development Agency (NTDA) under its ICT Facilities Intervention Project. Its Public Relations Officer, Alhaji Sadiq Lawal, who disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kafin-Hausa, said the laptops were delivered by NITDA’s Scientific Officer, Mr. Kehinde Owopetu. He said the computers were received by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Umar Maisaje, on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Lawan Sani-Taura. Lawal said that the institution was grateful to NITDA for considering it worthy of the intervention, adding that the Laptops would be used for the intended purposes. The NITDA Director General, Mr Kashifu Abdullahi, in a letter to the institution, said the intervention was aimed at facilitating growth in innovation and promoting entrepreneurship. According to him,  the laptops are to be used by the university and the local community. ”The ICT facilities to be provided are for utilisation by the University and the immediate community. ”It does not belong to any individuals,” …

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Data Protection: NITDA Approves NCC’s Regulation On Telecom Companies

By Ijeoma Olorunfemi Abuja – The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) says it has approved the regulation of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) on telecommunications companies, line with the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation (NDPR). Mr Inuwa Kashifu, the Director-General of NITDA, said this on Tuesday in a statement  in Abuja while reacting to a publication on ‘New NCC Directive will push telecoms to violate the NDPR’ on Oct. 18. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NDPR was established in January 2019 to ensure privacy data protection and avoid violations by data providers, among other requirements. According to the director-general, NCC’s directive to telecommunication companies is to ensure they store and make available, recordings of communications carried out over their network is in line with the provisions of the NDPR. According to him, the regulation is to ensure that  government provides adequate information to relevant regulators and make them aware of the benefits accrued for national security. Kashifu said “The right to privacy, which the NDPR seeks to protect, is established by Section 37 of the 1999 Constitution as …

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NITDA Urges Nigerians To Leverage On Internet to Improve Businesses

By Funmilola Gboteku Lagos – The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), on Thursday in Lagos, urged Nigerians to leverage on internet technology to improve on ease of doing business. The Director-General of NITDA, Mr Kashifu Abdullah, made the appeal at the opening of “Internet Summit 2019”  with the theme “The Internet as an Alternative Source of Income”, organised by the Nigeria Internet Group (NIG), an NGO. Adullahi, who was represented by Dr Falilat Jimoh, a System Analyst at NITDA, said that the internet had become one of the most significant technologies with tremendous impact on social and industrial environments. He said that it was necessary to key into internet technology in the transport, health, security and manufacturing spaces to promote businesses and also generate more revenue. The director-general said that internet and associated applications had taken people beyond connection to become part of their daily living by creating a global nervous system. “The world we occupy is a rapid, game-changing and innovative technological space, where the introduction of new technology is continuously transforming stakeholders’ expectations. “The world population is …

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