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NDPC Issues Code of Conduct for Data Protection Compliance Organisations

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The Nigeria Data Protection Commission NDPC has issued a Code of Conduct for Data Protection Compliance Organisations DPCOs in Nigeria.

Recall that as at November 2023, 163 DPCOs have been licensed by the Commission.

Addressing a virtual meeting of the Commission with the DPCOs, the National Commissioner, Dr. Vincent Olatunji said issuance was part of efforts to ensure professionalism among firms that are licensed to carry out compliance as a service and in view of its enforcement drive in 2024,

Dr. Olatunji urged DPCOs to see their role in the implementation of the Nigeria Data Protection Act (NDPA) 2023 as a public trust which must be guarded with utmost sense of responsibility.

The NDPC boss highlighted the opportunities presented by the Act particularly the lawful use of data and job creation in data processing value chain.

The NDPA 2023 under section 33 vests the Commission with the power to license persons having a requisite level of expertise, in relation to data protection and the Act, to monitor, audit and report on compliance by data controllers and data processors.

This is a unique Public Private Partnership model which is designed to promote trust and confidence in Nigeria’s digital economy which – like other economies around the world – thrives on data processing.

In line with the Code of Conduct, the compliance services that may be offered by DPCOs include but are not limited to the following:

a)Awareness and capacity building?
b)Registration of the data controller or a data processor with the Commission;
c)Development of compliance schedules;
d)Implementation of compliance schedules;
e)NDPA Compliance Audit and filing of Compliance Audit Returns with the Commission;
f)Data Privacy Impact Assessment; and
g)Facilitating and Vetting Data Privacy Agreement;

For a firm to operate as a DPCO and carry out compliance services, it must, among others, be duly licensed by the Commission and it must have a verifiably certified Data Protection Officer.

Presenting the Code of Conduct to the DPCOs, the Commission’s Head of Legal, Enforcement and Regulations, Babatunde Bamigboye, Esq X-rayed the target objectives and the principles, particularly: Privacy Consciousness, Capacity Building, Accountability, Data Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility.

All DPCOs will be held accountable in line with the provisions of the NDPA, the Code of Conduct and other regulatory instruments that be issued by the Commission going forward.

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