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Truecaller must harmonise operations to suit Nigeria’s data protection rules — NITDA

NITDA said Truecaller will have to harmonise its operations to suit the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation (NDPR).


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Caller identification application, Truecaller may have to rewrite its data protection rules to keep operating in Nigeria.

The application had come under the regulator’s scrutiny recently over its privacy policy, which the regulator believes, is against global laws on data protection and the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation (NDPR.

Mr Kashifu Inuwa, the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) says Truecaller will have to harmonise its operations to suit the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation (NDPR).

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Inuwa said this at the ongoing 39TH Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX), a global technology exhibition that gathers over 200,000 Information Technology interests, 145 countries on advancing technology.

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The director-general said this following the investigation he recalled the agency started on Truecaller’s privacy data breach on some unsuspecting Nigerians.

According to him, the initial investigation reveals that over seven million Nigerians are active users of the Truecaller service, hence the need to create awareness on that.

He said: “On investigating the Truecaller compromise on data of some Nigerians, we have gone far on that.

“They (Truecaller) have written to us to find ways to harmonise operations to comply with the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation.”

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