By Ismail Auwal
The Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) in partnership with the Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD) has on Tuesday organized a two-day workshop on data protection in Kano.
The Program Officer of the PIN, Khadija Usman, in an interview with SAHELIAN TIMES, said that the data protection workshop was organised to increase awareness on data protection law and set the pace for calling for data protection law. This, according to her, will “help protect Nigerians and their data.”
Usman further highlighted that personal data is anything that can be used to identify an individual, which includes bank details.
“We want to ensure that this information is protected, and it can’t be accessible to those that can abuse it.”
“The workshop is about asking for competent data protection. We want to know who has this data? What are they using it for?” she added.
Ali Sabo, a staff of CITAD, told our reporter that the workshop aimed to enlighten the participants on the importance of protecting their data, explore the various ways in which personal data is being used, deliberate on how to pursue government to see the speedy passage of the data protection law in the Nigeria, and engage with the NIMC on digital identity ecosystem in Nigeria.
Khalifa Muhammad, a participant of the workshop, told our reporter that he has learned and understood data protection policy and what it means to have his data protected.
Participants of the workshop were drawn from the media, Civil Society Organization (CSO), and students.