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Highlights Of Business Compliance Under The Nigeria Data Protection Act, 2023.

In a bid to align Nigeria with the global regulatory trend on personal data and to enjoy a competitive edge on the global stage, the Nigerian Data Protection Act, 2023 (The “Act”) was given presidential assent on 14th June 2023.

The Act introduced innovative provisions which are geared toward safeguarding and guaranteeing the right and freedom of data subjects under the Nigerian Constitution. The intendment of the Act appears to bring to rest the controversy on whether data subjects’ rights are fundamental human rights, as the question is answered in the affirmative. The Act also established the Nigerian Data Protection Commission (the “Commission”) and provides complete and comprehensive principles of data protection for the first time in Nigeria.

Major players under the Act are entities, businesses, and individuals acting as data processors or controllers. This article highlights compliance obligations for these companies along with innovative provisions of the Act.

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