The Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC) and the UK’s Office of Information Commissioner (OIC) are set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on implementing data protection laws.
The move comes after a two-day study visit by the NDPC to the OIC in London and Wilmslow, UK. During the visit, the NDPC team, led by National Commissioner Vincent Olatunji, gained insights into the workings of a full-fledged data protection authority and shared Nigeria’s experience and innovations in implementing the Nigeria Data Protection Act, 2023.
The NDPC team was received by the ICO Deputy Commissioner for Regulatory Supervision, Stephen Bonner.
The two authorities explored various areas of data protection regulation, including policies and statutory guidelines, data protection impact assessment, children’s privacy data, data controllers’ registration and fees, enforcement, investigations, and penalties.
Further bilateral consultations will be held towards developing the MoU to deepen knowledge exchange and data privacy between the two data protection authorities.
The ID4D Project Coordinator, Mr. Solomon Odole, who participated in the meetings as part of ID4D support towards the establishment of the Commission, reiterated the importance of developing strong ties with data protection authorities in other countries and fostering data flows.
The Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC) is the independent regulatory body established by the Nigeria Data Protection Act, 2023 to protect personal data and ensure the privacy of individuals in Nigeria.
The UK’s Office of Information Commissioner (OIC) is the independent supervisory authority for the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
The signing of the MoU will mark a significant step in strengthening cooperation between the two data protection authorities and promoting data privacy and protection in Nigeria and the UK.