President Tinubu Signs Data Protection Bill Into Law

Nigeria Data Protection Bill

Nigerian President, Bola Tinubu has signed the Nigeria Data Protection Bill, 2023 into law.

The Nigeria Data Protection Act, 2023 provides a legal framework for the protection of personal information, and the practice of data protection in Nigeria.

This was disclosed by the National Commissioner, Nigeria Data Protection Commission, (NDPC), Dr. Vincent Olatunji at the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan(SRAP) validation workshop in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The bill was introduced to the Senate and House of Representatives for consideration and passage on Tuesday, 4 April 2023 via a letter from former President Muhammadu Buhari.

Now an Act, the new law establishes the Nigeria Data Protection Commission and replaces the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB) established by former President Buhari in February 2022.

The Commission will be led by a National Commissioner with the responsibility for regulating the processing of personal information.

Part of the mandates of the Commission include to foster the development of personal data protection technologies, in accordance with recognised international good practices and ensure compliance with data protection obligations.