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MTN Nigeria data protection shifts into top gear, incoming CEO says

MTN Nigeria data protection shifts into top gear, incoming CEO says
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MTN Nigeria has concluded an internal data protection process to safeguard subscribers’ privacy on the nation’s largest mobile network, Karl Toriola, incoming CEO says. 

MTN Nigeria’s data protection plan comes amid the order that telecoms subscribers should link their SIM registration records with their respective National Identification Number (NIN) issued by Dr. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communication and Digital Economy.

Toriola who dropped the hint of the data protection initiative during a visit to the National Information Technology Development Agency in Abuja, told top officials of the nation’s IT regulatory agency that the mobile network has concluded an audit of its privacy data compliance practices, he was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the government agency.

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Mr Karl Toriola, MTN Nigeria CEO Designate and Mr Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Director-General/CEO of NITDA, during the visit.

MTN Nigeria ‘now compliant with data protection regulations’

Following the audit, MTN’s privacy policy now complies with the requirements of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation 2019 (NDPR) issued by the IT regulatory agency covering broad areas of data protection, data privacy, and allied matters.

“MTN Nigeria Privacy and Data Protection service has been developed and approved by the board. The privacy policy has been deployed across our business and with constant engagement with NITDA officials who have provided us with necessary support and guidance”, the MTN Nigeria CEO Designate says.

“MTN Nigeria Privacy and Data Protection service has been developed and approved by the board. The privacy policy has been deployed across our business and with constant engagement with NITDA officials who have provided us with necessary support and guidance.”

Mr Karl Toriola, MTN Nigeria CEO Designate

According to him, “we carried out an audit of our privacy data compliance practices with the NDPR requirements. The data breach management has been developed and deployed. We have embarked on a programme that will promote local content in Nigeria, which includes ecosystem support to provide ICT Innovation, STEM to accelerate local innovations.”

While responding, Mr Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Director-General/CEO of NITDA says that, “MTN is one of the life line organisations that helps our agency. I want to see how we can work better with the regulation and make sure what we do is in the best interest of the public.”

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A cross section of MTN Nigeria and NITDA officials during the visit.

According to him, “I’ve had a close relationship with MTN Nigeria when I started my career in Galaxy Backbone, and I can say you are one of the best organizations displaying professionalism.”

Last year, NITDA announced that three leading mobile network operators in Nigeria, including MTN Nigeria, were among 634 organisations that are pioneer data protection compliant organisations in Nigeria.

Organisations that made the pioneers’ list cut across segments of the economy with the financial services sector leading with 220 organisations representing 34.9%; followed by Manufacturing & FMCG with 92 (14.6%); and Energy & Water 64 (10.1%).

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