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CSEAN applauds passage of Data Protection bill by House of Rep
By Martin Ekpeke The Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN) has applauded the Nigerian House of Representative for the passage of the Data Protection Bill, which provides for the establishment of the Data Protection Commission. The President of CSEAN, Mr. Remi Afon, while speaking to IT Pulse on the telephone, noted, though overdue, the […]
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The CyberSecurity Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN) has applauded the Nigerian House of Representative for thepassage of the Data Protection Bill, which provides for the establishment of theData Protection Commission.
The Presidentof CSEAN, Mr. Remi Afon, whilespeaking to IT Pulse on the telephone, noted, though overdue, the associationis happy that the bill has finally been passed by the House of Representative,hoping that the Senate will do same.
The passage of the bill is a stepin the right direction and we commend the House of Representatives for passingthis bill which is long overdue. The next step is for the Senate to considerthe bill and approve it as a matter of urgency. Cyber Security ExpertsAssociation of Nigeria has been advocating for Data Protection Law for the past5years and we are delighted that legislative progress is being made, he said.
Afon explained that the bill will be charged with the responsibility for the Protection ofPersonal Data and Data Subjects' Rights and Regulation of the Processing ofPersonal Information. The bill, when finally signed into law, will see anincrease in the number of Data Protection Officers in the country, he added.
In the today's world of big dataanalytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence, where organisationsare making a fortune from data mining, the benefits of the Data Protection Billcannot be overemphasized. The bill contains strict rules called data protectionprinciples which organisations, government and businesses must follow tokeep personal data accurate, safe and secure.
It also ensures that personal dataare used fairly and lawfully and not kept more than necessary. The bill, whenpassed into law will ensure Nigerians personal data are protected.