President/Chairman Governing Council of the Institute of Information Management
(IIM) Africa, Dr. Oyedokun Oyewole, and the Chairman Data and Knowledge
Information Privacy Protection Initiative (DKIPP), Tokunbo Smith, have warned
general public to desist from perpetuating abuse of data privacy in the
in collaboration with other experts drawn from the legal, health, religious,
educational and information management and other disciplines, in commemoration
of this year’s Data Privacy Day (DPD), unanimously agreed on the need for
speedy passage of the Information Privacy Act lying at the National Assembly
for close to a decade.
Data Privacy Day was made to raise awareness internationally to discuss
solutions for, the growing problem of data privacy vulnerabilities.
his keynote address at the occasion held in Lagos, Oyewole, said it is
essential for business leaders and other stakeholders to understand the full
risk potential of data privacy threats and how to address these issues.
recalled that in response to the increasing levels of data breaches and the
global importance of privacy and data security, in 2010 the Online Trust
Alliance OTA) and dozens of global organizations embraced Data Privacy Day as
Data Privacy & Protection Day, emphasizing the need to look at the
long-term impact to consumers’ data collection, use and protection practices.
IIM-Africa’s Chairman said, “The art of technological advancement is embraced
by all nations including developing countries. Today, the world has become a
global village where people share information at the same time but in different
parts of the world over the internet. Unfortunately, a developing country like
Nigeria venture into such technology without understanding the implications and
the legal frameworks under which those technologies function, considering the
fast pace at which technology keeps evolving while the legal pace remains
recent years, the number of African countries which have enacted privacy
frameworks or are planning data protection laws has vastly increased.
Currently, 14 African countries have privacy framework laws and some sort of
data protection authorities in place”.
seven African countries have data protection bills in place: Nigeria, Kenya,
Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Tanzania, and Uganda.
has two Data Protection related bills (one date 2008 and the other 2010) yet,
neither has been passed into law”, he lamented.
specifically with regards to ‘Issues, Challenges and Opportunities’ in data
privacy, the keynote speaker said, “Businesses and their customers’ alike
collect, store and transmit vast amounts of information electronically, and
they want to believe that this information is secure. At the customer level,
the concern for data privacy should stimulate laws and regulations aimed at
addressing those issues including what information can be stored, how and where
information can be transmitted, and required actions in the event of a security