President Tinubu Signs Data Protection Bill

The Nigeria Data Protection Bill, 2023 has received President Bola Tinubu’s approval for passage into law.

The recently passed legislation will establish a legal framework for the practice of data protection in Nigeria as well as for the protection of personal information.

Dr. Vincent Olatunji, National Commissioner of the Nigerian Data Protection Bureau (NDPB), made this announcement during the validation workshop for the NDPD Strategic Roadmap and Action Plan (SRAP) in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

It was discovered that on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, former president Muhammadu Buhari wrote a letter introducing the law to the Senate and House of Representatives for consideration and passage.

Now an Act, the new law establishes the Nigeria Data Protection Commission and replaces the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB) established by President Buhari in February 2022.

The Commission will be headed by a National Commissioner with the responsibility for regulating the processing of personal information.

This is the third law Tinubu would assent to barely three weeks after his inauguration as Nigerian President.