Nigerian govt kicks as WhatsApp moves to impart client data to Facebook, others


The Federal Government, through the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has kicked against WhatsApp’s refreshed Privacy Policy.

The Policy expresses that the application will share data about the clients on their foundation with their parent organization (Facebook), just as other sister organizations.

The data incorporates client telephone numbers, “exchange information, administration related data, data on how you associate with others (counting organizations) when utilizing our Services, cell phone data, your IP address”.

Moreover, WhatsApp has demonstrated that clients who won’t acknowledge their modified security strategy hazard not having the option to utilize the help by any stretch of the imagination.

Nonetheless, the Federal Government guarantees Nigerians that the Nigeria Data Protection Regulations (NDPR) of 2019 is focused on maintaining their information security.

“We are also aware that the European region is exempt from the provisions of the updated Policy and it is also being challenged in a number of countries,” the Minister said in a statement signed by Dr. Femi Adeluyi, Technical Assistant (Information Technology) to the Minister.

The Minister directed the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), as the Regulator of the Information Technology sector, to engage vigorously with Facebook to understand the processes, level of security, etc of the data of Nigerian users in order to ensure that Policies proposed for Nigeria strictly adhere to the provisions of NDPR.

“Nigerians can be assured that the Federal Government will give utmost attention to the privacy of their data, in line with the NDPR and the National Digital Economy Policy for a Digital Nigeria,” the statement said.

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