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NIN: NIMC says Front End Partners, agents across Nigeria to undergo security checks

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The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has said its licensed Front End Partners (FEPs) and verification agents across the country will now go through a mandatory security vetting.

The Commission disclosed this in a statement issued on Saturday by its Director of Corporate Communications, Kayode Adegoke. According to the statement, the vetting is part of measures to ensure the security of the National Identification Number (NIN) database.

This comes amidst concerns over the security of Nigerians data and recent alleged data breach by a third party.

Secure identity Reaffirming its commitment to providing secure identity services and protecting the citizens’ data per its mandate as Nigeria’s foundational identity provider, the Commission said it has also implemented enhanced measures to safeguard the information stored in its National Identity Database.

“These actions align with the commitment outlined by the Director-General/CEO, Engr Abisoye Coker-Odusote, upon assuming office in August 2023. Engr CokerOdusote emphasized that the NIMC collaborates with relevant security agencies to uphold the utmost data security standards and regulatory compliance.

“As part of these new security protocols, all Licensed Verification Agents, Front End Partners (FEPs), and Diaspora FEPs will undergo rigorous security vetting to ensure adherence to global best practices in identity management. Any FEPs in violation will face sanctions by established regulations and the nation’s laws,” it said.

The Commission said it has also temporarily suspended the bypass enrollment process to prevent abuse and rectify any irregularities.

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Meta Hit With $220m Fine For Violating Nigeria’s Data Protection Law

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has imposed a $220 million penalty on Meta Platforms Inc., the parent company of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, for violating the country’s data privacy laws.

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) announced the fine on Friday, after conducting a thorough 38-month investigation into Meta’s data privacy practices and market behavior.

The investigation, conducted jointly with the Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC), revealed extensive and ongoing violations of Nigerian laws, including the unauthorized appropriation of personal data without user consent, discriminatory practices against Nigerian users, and the abuse of Meta’s dominant market position.

The FCCPC’s final order mandates Meta to take corrective actions to comply with Nigerian laws, including ensuring users’ right to data self-determination, ceasing unauthorized data transfers, and eliminating discriminatory practices.

The penalty imposed on Meta is one of the largest in Nigeria’s history, reflecting the gravity of the company’s violations.

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We Paid N543.9 Billion Tax To Nigerian Government In 2023 – MTN

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MTN Nigeria Communication Plc. said it paid the sum of N543.9 billion in taxes and levies to the Nigerian government in 2023.

The company disclosed this in its 2023 sustainability report released over the weekend, which highlights its Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practices.

 

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Nigeria To Develop Indigenous Blockchain, “Nigerium”, To Ensure Data Sovereignty

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Here are some key points about Nigeria’s development of the indigenous blockchain, “Nigerium”

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has announced plans to develop a homegrown blockchain, dubbed “Nigerium”, to safeguard the country’s data and ensure national security.

The idea of developing Nigerium was presented by a delegation from the University of Hertfordshire Law School.

The delegation also recommended that Nigeria establish a data embassy, a server hosted in a third-party country that would provide digital continuity and protection for the country’s data.

The development of Nigerium is expected to be a collaborative effort between NITDA and relevant stakeholders, including government agencies and private sector organizations.

On May 3, 2023, the Nigerian government approved a National Blockchain Policy for Nigeria (“Policy”).

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