FG orders NITDA to engage Facebook on WhatsApp



By Emmanuel Elebeke

In a demonstration of commitment to respecting the privacy of Nigerians’ data, the federal government ordered the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA to vigorously engage with Facebook to understand the processes, level of security, etc. Nigerian user data to ensure that the proposed policies for Nigeria strictly follow the provisions of the Nigerian Data Policy Regulation, NDPR.

This was made known in a statement issued on Friday by the Technical Assistant (Information Technology) to the Honorable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Femi Adeluyi.

Recall that WhatsApp recently reported that users who refuse to accept their revised privacy policy may not be able to use the service at all. After issuing the Nigeria Data Protection Regulations (NDPR) in 2019 by the federal government, he said the government remains committed to keeping Nigerians’ data confidential.

He assured Nigerians that the federal government will pay the utmost attention to the privacy of their data, in line with the NDPR and the National Digital Economy Policy for a Digital Nigeria.

This statement reads in part: “The attention of the Honorable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has been brought to the updated privacy policy of the WhatsApp messaging app.

“The policy states that WhatsApp will share information about users on their platform with their parent company (Facebook), as well as with other Facebook companies. Information includes users’ phone numbers, “transaction data, service information, information about how you interact with others (including businesses) while using our services, information on mobile devices, your IP address ”.

“Additionally, WhatsApp has indicated that users who refuse to accept their revised privacy policy may not be able to use the service at all.

“The federal government released the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) in 2019 and is committed to respecting the privacy of Nigerians’ data. We are also aware that the European region is exempt from the provisions of the updated policy and is also challenged in a number of countries.

“The Minister therefore ordered the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), as a regulator of the information technology sector, to engage vigorously with Facebook to understand the processes, the level security, etc. Nigerian user data to ensure that the proposed policies for Nigeria strictly adhere to the provisions of the NDPR.

“Nigerians can be assured that the Federal Government will give the utmost attention to the privacy of their data, in accordance with the NDPR and the National Digital Economy Policy for a Digital Nigeria.”

Vanguard News Nigeria


About Edward Fries

Check Also

Organist Peter Conte will perform in concert | Herald Community Newspapers

Renowned organist Peter Richard Conte will give a recital on May 13 at St Agnes …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.