This report focuses on Nigeria’s legislative and regulatory journey towards enacting comprehensive data protection legislation.
This report focuses on Nigeria's legislative and regulatory journey towards enacting comprehensive data protection legislation. The report is divided into five major parts, introduction and conclusion inclusive. The first part introduces the report, while the second part focuses on the brief history of data protection. The international and African data protection landscape was examined while briefly exploring the history of Africa's data protection. The second part also chronicles the legislative attempts in Nigeria. Finally, it probes relevant legislative and regulatory attempts from 2000 to 2020while looking at the objectives of the laws, their data protection provisions, and their shortcomings.
The third part examines existing frameworks in Nigeria, such as the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation2019. In doing this, the regulatory framework was examined, highlighting the key provisions and the inadequacies. In particular, the report highlighted some of the areas that the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation has been successful. Under this part, the report further mentions laws, regulations, and guidelines that impact data protection in Nigeria.
The fourth part of the report focuses on the recommendations for enacting comprehensive legislation. The recommendations, amongst others, note that there is a need for a comprehensive legal framework for personal data protection in Nigeria and that the enactment of such legislation should involve the collaboration of the government, experts, and relevant stakeholders.