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Senate considers bill to protect Nigerians against data abuses

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The Data Protection Bill passed by the House of Representatives was considered for first reading by the Nigerian Senate during plenary on Tuesday.

TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports the House in the committee of the whole presided over by Speaker Yakubu Dogara on Wednesday May 8 2019 voted and passed the bill.

Edward Gyang Pwajok (Jos South/East) while stating synopsis of report on the bill, said the bill seeks to establish the data protection services, and ensure the safety of data usage of Nigerians is protected.

The bill is for an Act to Provide for Establishment of Data Protection Commission charged with the responsibility for the protection of personal data and data subjects’ rights and regulations of the processing of personal information; and for related matters.

When finally passed into law, it will serve to protect Nigerians from data abuses by social media companies, such as the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

In the wake of the data scandal in early 2018, the personal data of millions of people’s Facebook profiles were compromised.

It was a major political scandal when it was revealed the data analytics firm had harvested up to 87 million users personal data without their consent.

The firm used the personal information for political advertising purposes, raking in millions of dollars.

The scandal has been described as a watershed moment in the public understanding of personal data.

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