The Oyo State government has officially commenced the implementation of Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) for eight ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) participating in the first phase of the scheme.
It is recalled that Weeks back, the state held an NDPR implementation kickoff meeting designed to be a preparatory session for all in stakeholders drawn from the eight MDAs. The state had earlier signed on Data Protection Services Limited (DSPL) for a comprehensive implementation of NDPR as Oyo, touted as the pacesetter state, work towards national and global compliance with data security, privacy regulations.
The MDAs include Ministry of Finance, Ministry Justice, Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, Board of Internal Revenue, Ministry of Health, Civil Service Commission, and Bureau of Public Procurement.
The NDPR, issued by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), is Nigeria’s primary data protection legislation. It provides the legal framework for data protection compliance requirements and managing breaches including the imposition of penalties for defaulters.
Since 25 January 2019 when it became the effective regulation for data protection compliance, all public and private entities that process the personal data of more than 1000 data subjects in a period of six months and 2000 data subjects in a period of 12 months must submit a Data Protection Audit Report to the NITDA.