The alarming extent of data mishandling and misuse by data-oriented organizations, prioritizing their own interests over the rights and privacy of the data subjects, underscores the critical need for stringent enforcement of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) by the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB). This regulatory framework sets essential guidelines to safeguard individuals’ personal data and promote responsible data processing, placing a moral and legal obligation on organizations to respect and uphold the privacy rights of their users and clients.
To achieve a just and responsible data landscape, the NDPB should intensify its efforts to educate data-oriented organizations about the NDPR and actively monitor their adherence to its provisions. This includes conducting regular audits, imposing penalties for violations, and fostering a culture of data accountability within the industry. By vigorously enforcing the NDPR, the NDPB can cultivate an environment where data is handled ethically and transparently, ensuring the protection and empowerment of the individuals whose information is being processed.