NITDA Extends Time For Filing Data Audit Report By Data Controllers And Processors – IT NEWS NIGERIA

NITDA Extends Time For Filing Data Audit Report By Data Controllers And Processors – IT NEWS NIGERIA

IT
NEWS NIGERIA:

The
National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has held series of
consultations with various industry and government stakeholders on the
implementation of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR).

A
statement signed  today by Dr Isa Ali
Ibrahim, Director General, NITDA, said the overwhelming consensus of all
stakeholder groups is that, the NDPR is an appropriate regulation that would
help provide clarity for data controllers and processors on the rights of data
subjects, basis of processing personal data and transfer of data outside
Nigeria among others. NITDA is pleased to note that stakeholders including
other Sector Regulators, Government, Banks, Industry groups, Private Sector
players among many others, have shown tremendous willingness towards compliance
with the NDPR.

Consequently, Article 4.1(5) of the NDPR requires Data Controllers to submit an initial audit report within six months of issuance of the Regulation (which lapsed on 25th July, 2019). Several Data Controllers have appealed for an extension of time to meet this obligation. Therefore, NITDA is hereby granting a three-month extension for the conduct of the initial audit report for every data Controller and Processor. This extension period would elapse on Friday 25th October, 2019.

This
extension of time for the purpose of audit filing does not limit NITDA’s right
to investigate and enforce other allegations of breach made against any Data
Controller or Processor pursuant to the NDPR and the NITDA Act 2007.

NITDA
is a Federal Government Agency established in 2001 to implement the Nigerian
Information Technology Policy as well as coordinate general IT development and
regulation in the country.

 Specifically Section 6(a,c) of the Act mandates
NITDA to- create a frame work for the planning, research, development,
standardization, application, coordination, monitoring, evaluation and
regulation of Information Technology practices, activities and systems in
Nigeria and develop guidelines for electronic governance and monitor the use of
electronic data interchange and other forms of electronic communication
transactions as an alternative to paper-based methods in government, commerce,
education, the private and public sectors, labour, and other fields.

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