FG Investigates Philips Consulting, UBA for Alleged Breach of Data Privacy

By Hillary Asemota

The Federal Government through the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB) has swunged into action following complaints of violation of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) against Philips Consulting and United Bank for Africa (UBA) PlC.

The National Commissioner of the Bureau, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, has therefore ordered a forensic investigation in line with Article 4 of the NDPR.

The complaint against Philips Consulting according to the Commissioner is in connection with the activities of online lending platforms who willfully breach the privacy of citizens whilst the investigation of UBA PlC pertains to allegations of infringement on the governing principles of data protection.

It will be recalled that the NDPR mandates organizations to carry out due diligence  before engaging in any data processing.

This is to ensure that parties are accountable for any infringement on fundamental rights and freedoms of data subjects.

The Bureau warns all data controllers and processors to eschew all forms of data processing that are detrimental to citizens as well as the economy and security of the country. 

Signed: B. B. Bamigboye, CDPRP
Legal, Enforcement and Regulations Lead, NDPB.

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