Data protection revenue hits N6.2bn in 2023 — Report

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The Nigeria Data Protection Commission Annual Report has revealed that the 2023 data protection cumulative revenue rose to N6.2 billion as against N5.5 billion in 2022.

The report was released on Sunday during the Nigeria Data Protection Commission’s second anniversary dinner and awards ceremony in Abuja.

The NDPC was established on February 4, 2022, with the mission of ensuring data privacy and protection in the country, as well as citizen rights that are consistent with worldwide norms.

According to the research, “Other sectors with rising rates included Compliance Audit research, which recorded 3,451 reports from 2022 to 2023, compared to 1,864 from 2020 to 2021.

“The sector was able to create 10,123 jobs in 2023 against 9,577 in 2022, and compliance revenue increased in 2022.

“The number of verified Data Protection Officers increased from 1,928 in 2022 to 1,955 in 2023, number of investigations rose from 117 in 2022 to 177 in 2023, among others.”

Head of Legal, Enforcement and Regulations of NDPC, Mr Babatunde Bamigboye, described the successes of the commission as most remarkable.

“The NDPA laid the foundation for data privacy and protection in the country, we are putting together the general application and implementation directive for the Nigeria Data Protection Act (NDPA)

“We have also improved on our auditing. So, many organisations are beginning to file audit reports with us and we have been admitted into the Global Privacy Assembly (GPA).

“The court also is beginning to recognise the importance of adequacy in terms of cross-border data transfer and we are happy that the ecosystem is evolving and getting stronger,’’ he said.

He explained that as a member of GPA, the country could get mutual legal assistance on enforcement, capacity building, information sharing, and intergovernmental collaboration.

Some other achievements, he added, were the launch of the Nigerian Data Protection Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan 2023–2027, the commencement of bilateral cooperation with other jurisdictions, and the issuance of the Code of Conduct of Data Protection Compliance Organisations.