Nigeria Data Protection Bill aims to reinforce information security rules

Nigeria's Data Protection Bill 2020 builds on the current Nigerian Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), proposing a new Data Protection Commission and new strictures to ensure that data processing in the country conforms to international standards, such as GDPR, necessary for the growth of the nation's IT sector and international trade.

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Nigeria's Data Protection Bill 2020 aims to ensure that data processing in the country conforms to international standards, notably European Union's GDPR, and safeguards personal information — actions that the government considers necessary for the growth of international trade and the IT sector.

The bill was formulated and proposed by the National Information Technology Agency  (NITDA), and builds on the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), implemented in January 2019.

The NDPR lays out basic rules for the legal processing of data, the rights of data subjects and sanctions for failure to observe regulations. The main proposal in the 2020 bill is for the creation of a new Data Protection Commission focused on ensuring compliance with the 2019 regulations as well as additional strictures meant to clarify certain data processing procedures.

The draft bill was published to the public in August and interested stakeholders were  invited to comment. The comment period ended in September and the bill is currently being reviewed by the National Assembly, according to a NITDA spokesperson, who said that at the moment there is no timeline for when the review will be over.

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