The Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC) has intensified its commitment to safeguard data subjects’ rights and foster trust within Nigeria’s digital economy.
In a proactive move, the commission issued a guidance notice titled: “Guidance Notice on the Filing of Data Protection Compliance Audit Returns (CAR)”. The notice advises data controllers and processors, including banks, telcos, hospitals, schools, ICT companies and data centres, to submit compliance audit returns promptly. Failure to comply may result in exclusion from the National Data Protection Adequacy Programme (NaDPAP) ‘whitelist’.
NDPC’s national commissioner, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, highlighted the importance of free induction training for designated data protection officers in both public and private sectors. The goal is to equip them to contribute competitively to the global digital economy.
The NDPC, through its lead in the legal, enforcement and regulations department, Babatunde Bamigboye Esq., further emphasised the necessity of training and onboarding agents and contractors involved in data processing on the commission’s portal.