A legal foundation for the defence of personal data and the practice of data protection in Nigeria is provided by the Nigeria Data Protection Act, 2023.
This was said by Dr. Vincent Olatunji, the National Commissioner of the Nigerian Data Protection Bureau (NDPB), at the validation workshop for the NDPD Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP) in Abuja.
The bill was sent to the Senate and House of Representatives for consideration and passage on Tuesday, April 4 2023 via a letter from former President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Now an Act, the new law establishes the Nigeria Data Protection Commission and replaces the NDPB established by former President Buhari in February 2022.”
The Commission will be led by a National Commissioner with the responsibility of regulating the processing of personal information.