The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has been referred to as upon by Nigeria’s new data privacy authority to set excessive requirements for data safety and privacy as one of many methods of strengthening the nation’s digital ID ecosystem.
Punch stories that the decision was made lately by Dr. Vincent Olatunji, the National Commissioner of the newly-created Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB), throughout a working go to to the NIMC headquarters.
The NDPB was formally launched on April 11.
Speaking by means of an announcement quoted by Punch, Olatunji underlined the significance of data safety and privacy to the expansion and growth of Nigeria’s digital economic system, saying there can’t be a correct digital identity panorama with out adequate safeguards for data safety and privacy.
“The commission (NIMC) which is the highest data controller in the country should be a model for other data controllers since data is the foundation of everything in the country’s digital economy. There is nothing you would want to do in the digital economy without proper identity and you can’t achieve that without adequate privacy and protection of data,” a portion of the assertion quoted by Punch reads.
Meanwhile, Olatunji, in a separate go to to the premises of the Nigeria Digital Identity for Development venture (ID4D), raised comparable considerations, expressing the want to see the placing rather than a harmonized National Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) framework, as reported by Independent.
According to the NDPB National Commissioner, the ID4D venture has been doing a terrific job in coordinating Nigeria’s digital economic system drive. Nigeria’s digital ID scheme, recall, is partly funded by means of the ID4D facility of the World Bank, in addition to different financing from the European Investment Bank and the French Development Agency (AFD).
Olatunji defined that the NDPB is already partaking with related stakeholders on the drafting of the data safety regulation, which he believes, if properly labored on, will make the authorized instrument strong and extra accepted.
“After the drafting of the bill, we will need to engage stakeholders and make them see it as their own because they are making important contributions to whatever we are doing. We are already mobilizing them to get them ready for the bill that is coming,” Olatunji was quoted as saying.
Efforts have been on to get a Data Protection Regulation in place in Nigeria since 2018, however a transfer by the federal authorities final yr to desert an outdated draft of the textual content triggered anger in some quarters.
54 million financial institution IDs issued
About 2.3 million Bank Verification Numbers (BVNs) have been issued in Nigeria within the final three months, bringing the entire variety of biometric enrollments for the financial institution IDs to 54 million, as of April 10, New Telegraph writes.
Quoting data launched by the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS), the outlet mentions that the determine is up from 51.7 million BVNs reported on the shut of December 2021.
With 54 million BVNs, officers say the hole between the financial institution IDs and the variety of current financial institution accounts stays large. NIBSS has highlighted the significance of the IDs as a means of defending financial institution accounts from unauthorized entry.
The BVN is a singular identification quantity issued to checking account holders, with which they are often recognized throughout the Nigerian banking setting.
There have been talks previously about integrating the financial institution IDs with nationwide digital ID numbers (NINs).
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