Data Protection Law and/or an Independent DPA are Prerequisites for a Positive Adequacy Decision in Nigeria: A Review of Ikigai V. NITDA

On 28 November 2023, the Federal High Court delivered its judgment in the case of Ikigai v National Information Technology Development Agency. The Plaintiff, Ikigai, a non-profit organisation, requested the Court to interpret the provisions of the Nigerian Data Protection Regulations 2019 (NDPR) and the Nigerian Data Protection Regulations 2019: Implementation Framework (Implementation Framework) concerning international data transfers.


In this article, I analyse this case and discuss its possible ramifications for international data transfers from Nigeria and the criteria to be used when assessing the adequacy of the level of protection of personal data in a third country.


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