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Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

Guidance notice issued by the Nigerian Data Protection Commission on the Designation of Data Controllers and Processors of Major Importance and the Requirement for Registration of DCPMIS

The Nigerian Data Protection Commission has recently issued a Guidance Notice on the entities that are deemed to be Data Controllers and Data Processors of Major Importance (DCPMIs). The Notice was issued on 14 February 2024 and took effect from that date.

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Regulatory update: Guidance Notice on Registering Data Controllers and Processors of Major Importance

On the 14th of February, in accordance with its mandate to ensure the genuine processing of personal data by legitimate persons or organizations, the Nigeria Data Protection Commission issued a guidance notice on Registering Data Controllers and Processors of Major Import..

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Back to School: POPIA Do’s and Don'ts

As another academic year takes place, schools, educators, and staff must understand how the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (POPIA) applies to them and what their obligations are under POPIA. POPIA, which came into full force and effect in July 2021, aims to ..

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A few insights on navigating data breaches in Kenya under the Kenyan data protection law

In today’s digital age, where information flows at an unprecedented pace and is a major driving force behind economies and societies, data breaches have become a common concern for individuals and organisations alike. Cybersecurity threats and data breaches have surged gl..

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Duale, Ovia & Alex-Adedipe

Disconnection of Telecommunications Network in Nigeria: balancing the interest of the service provider and consumers

On Monday 8th of January 2024, the Nigerian Communications Commission (the "Commission"} released a memo signed by its director of Public Affairs, Mr. Reuben Mouka, titled "Pre Disconnection Notice'' 1 The notice informs all subscribers of Globacom that the Commission has..

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Kisch IP

Privacy caselaw and the key takeaways

Since the Protection of Personal Information Act No. 4 of 2013 (“POPIA”) came into effect, the courts have been seemingly reluctant to rely on POPIA in their judgments pertaining to privacy and data protection. Nevertheless, there are a number of judgements which deal wit..

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Streamsowers & Köhn

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..

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Guidance on Filing of Data Protection Compliance Audit Returns in Nigeria

The Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC) recently issued a Guidance Notice (the“Notice”) on the filing of data protection Compliance Audit Returns (CARs) ahead of the next cycle for the filing of CARs in 2024. The Notice provides information and instructions for data..

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Webber Wentzel

New standard operating procedures for the investigation, search, access or seizure of cyber articles

The Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Investigation, Search, Access or Seizure of Articles in terms of section 26 of the Cybercrimes Act 19 of 2020 (CCA) were published by the Department of Police on 6 October 2023.​ The CCA creates legal mechanisms to address ..

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