FCCPC, Bureau partner to enforce consumers’ right to data protection

*Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission says its collaboration with the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau has informed the establishment of a Joint Enforcement Desk (JED) to ensure effective consumers’ data protection in the country

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As a measure to address crucial issues of data protection in Nigerian economy, the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has disclosed it is collaborating with the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB) to address crucial issues of data protection.

ConsumerConnect reports Mr. Babatunde Irukera, Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (EVC/CEO) of FCCPC, said this in a statement issued Friday, May 20, 2022, in Abuja, FCT.

The FCCPC Chief noted that the Commission’s partnership with the Data Protection Bureau would ensure that Nigerian consumers and businesses derive the protection and inherent benefits of economic expansion that technology and digital markets enhance.

Irukera also stated the partnership had informed the establishment of a Joint Enforcement Desk (JED) to ensure effective consumers’ data protection.

Irukera also noted: “In 2019, the Federal Government of Nigeria enacted the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), in furtherance of prevailing national and international instruments and protocols to protect citizens.

“In February 2022, the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (Bureau), was created as an enforcement mechanism of the NDPR.”

The FCCPC EVC/CEO further stated: “Key mandates of the Commission include protection of consumers, their privacy, enforcement of enactments (including NDPR) for such protection; as well as regulating competition, including appropriation of data.

“In this regard the Commission and Bureau have established a Joint Enforcement Desk (JED).”

Both agencies, he added, acknowledged that digital markets would strengthen economies and could promote shared prosperity where properly regulated.

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