Data protection bill has reached an advanced stage and will address privacy concerns – Pantami

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Prof. Isa PantamiThe Nigerian Minister for Communications and Digital Economy (FMCDE) has stated that the proposed Data Protection Bill has reached an advanced stage and concerns are being addressed through the Nigerian Data Protection Bureau (NDPB) recently established.

This was revealed in a statement on Thursday from Prof. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy (FMCDE).

Legal basis of the digital economy: The bill is expected to contribute to the legal foundations of Nigeria’s digital economy and its participation in regional and global economies through beneficial and trustworthy use of personal data.

Pantami, in his statement, revealed that the IT Ministry has created a group of Innovation Driven Enterprises (IDEs) to accelerate the development of Nigeria’s digital economy, citing that it has created 355,610 direct and indirect jobs.

  • revealed that “Privacy concerns are also being addressed through the newly established Nigerian Data Protection Bureau (NDPB).
  • “The drafting of the data protection bill has reached an advanced stage and Digital Identity registrations have also been very successful, passing the NIN from less than 40 million to more than 90 million.
  • “We have been very active in the emerging technology space and even established the National Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR), the first such center in Africa.”

Broadband penetration: On Nigeria’s broadband penetration, the minister noted that as of August 2019, the official broadband penetration figures were 33.72% and stated that today it is 44.65%, which is close to of 13 million new broadband users.

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  • “Similarly, there were 13,823 4G base stations, but now we have 36,751, which is an increase of 165.86 percent. The percentage of 4G coverage in the whole country also increased from 23 percent to 77.52 percent.
  • “The cost of data has dropped from N1,200 per Gigabyte to around N350, making it easier for Nigerians to get online.” he said.

He added that the ministry has developed a policy to promote indigenous content in the telecommunications sector to complement similar efforts targeting the information technology sector, which stems the wave of capital flight, among other things, and will continue to playing a key role in development. of the different sectors of the economy.

To catch: Remove Nairametrics previously reported that the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy,Isa PantamiHe said Nigeria’s proposed data protection laws will enable the country to secure ownership of its data and bring additional value to Nigeria’s ICT value chain.

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Pantami revealed this during the Cross Border Data Protection workshop organized by the American Business Council in conjunction with Microsoft and attended by Nairametrics.

He noted that the data protection bill will allow data processors and data controllers to have significant clarification of duties.

  • “This facilitates the administration of the Data Protection Law and is implemented in a targeted manner through self-regulation, which is also subject to laws and transparency.” he said.

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