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Yay!!! It is the last week of January and I know we have subtly looked forward to the end of this month. Well, I know you would want to say Monday is still January, but it is the last day, so smile.

Welcome to another edition of Productivity Wednesday. I trust the articles in the past weeks have been engaging and urging you toward growing your expertise in professionalism. If you have missed any of the articles on Learning and Development, you can explore our blog to find them and enjoy the read. In the spirit of training and development, today, we will discuss the NDPR and all you need to know about the regulation.

The Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) was passed on January 25, 2019, and the main objectives of this regulation are to; safeguard the rights of Data Subjects to the privacy of their personal data, foster safe conduct of transactions involving the exchange of personal Data, prevent manipulation of personal data and ensure that Nigeria Businesses remain competitive in the international trade through the best practice safeguards afforded by NDPR. In a layman’s language, this regulation seeks to control how your personal information such as name, blood group, religion, and other information that can be used to identify you is handled. In other words, this regulation is in place to manage the sharing of your information and access to your personal data. I am sure you would wonder what a Data Subject means; well, don’t stress your head. I got you!

 Data Subject is any identified or identifiable natural person who: (i) is a Nigerian citizen, regardless of where he or she lives; or (ii) lives in Nigeria, regardless of his or her nationality. Accordingly, NDPR regulates the processing of the Personal Data of these Data Subjects, regardless of where the Personal Data processing activities take place. A natural person must be identifiable by his or her Personal Data. In other words, by the nature of the Personal Data, the Data Subject must easily be identified or identifiable, whether directly or indirectly. Accordingly, Personal Data could include information such as a name, address, photograph, bank details, identification number, location data, an online identifier, the physical, the physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural, or social identity of the Data Subject, posts on social networking websites, medical information, and other unique identifiers such as but not limited to MAC address, IP address, IMEI number, IMSI number, and others.

NDPR applies to all Personal Data processing transactions notwithstanding the means by which the Personal Data processing is being conducted or intended to be conducted. NDPR will not deny any Nigerian citizen or any foreigner living in Nigeria, the other privacy rights that they may be entitled to under any law, regulation, policy, or contract for the time being in force in Nigeria or in any foreign jurisdiction11 Accordingly, any Nigerian citizen or any foreigner living in Nigeria, can in addition to the NDPR, enforce any of their other privacy rights.

The NDPR is becoming more popular by the day and like I had mentioned in one of the previous articles, to remain relevant and sought after, you must position for the ball and not run after the ball. Since the NDPR is relatively fresh and career opportunities are just springing up in this area, I would urge you to get professional training and certifications and begin your career before the industry becomes saturated. You can enroll for our next diet of the NDP training in February, call 08107017274 or send an email to e.mbahon@21search.ng to get a quote.

Until I come your way again, stay safe, work smart, and not just hard.



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