NITDA approves NCC’s regulation on telecom companies

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Nigeria’s National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) says it has approved the regulation of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) on telecommunications companies, in line with the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation (NDPR).

Mr Inuwa Kashifu, the Director-General of NITDA, said this on Tuesday in a statement in Abuja while responding to distribution on ‘New NCC Directive will drive telecoms to disregard the NDPR’ on Oct. 18.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NDPR was set up in January 2019 to guarantee security information insurance and stay away from infringement by information suppliers, among different prerequisites. As indicated by the chief general, NCC’s order to media transmission organizations is to guarantee they store and make accessible, accounts of correspondences did over their system is in accordance with the arrangements of the NDPR.

According to him, the guideline is to guarantee that the administration gives satisfactory data to important controllers and make them mindful of the advantages gathered for national security. Kashifu said “The privilege to security, which the NDPR tries to ensure, is built up by Section 37 of the 1999 Constitution as revised.

“It accentuates that in an equitable society, there is all in all correct to security insurance subject to legitimate law for open wellbeing and request. “The arrangements of the NDPR are in concurrence with the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which spotlights on the aversion of dangers to open security. “NDPR gives different bases to the handling of individual information, while all information preparing must be established on authentic intrigue, assent of information subject, legitimate intrigue, and agreement of gatherings, open intrigue and indispensable enthusiasm of the information subject.

“The NCC’s order is predicated on authenticity and open intrigue,” he said. Kashifu stressed that the Federal Government, under the administration of the present Minister of Communications Dr Isa Pantami, is focused on ensuring residents’ information, increment openings and improve the simplicity of working together in the IT area.

He likewise said that NCC among other significant partners was striving to actualize the NDPR order. The executive general said the move was on the grounds that “there is a continuous ‘accord that the guideline is the nation’s most thorough law on information security.”

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