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Nigeria Begins Probe Into Alleged Data Breaches By Facebook Owner, Meta; DHL, OPay, Others

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The Nigerian Government has commenced an investigation into the alleged data breaches made against Meta, a haulage company, DHL, and online payment platform OPay.


Meta is the owner of Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Threads.

It was learned that if found liable, the companies would forfeit two percent of their annual gross revenue to the government.

In recent times, there have been a series of complaints about the companies by Nigerians over the violation of data subjects’ rights.

The Nigeria Data Protection Commission has revealed that investigations into the data processing activities of the concerned data controllers have begun.

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This is the second time the NDPC has opened an investigation into the conduct of several corporations, banks, and institutions in the country regarding possible data violations.

KOKO TV NG gathered that the National Commissioner of NDPC, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, had warned during the Commission’s presentation of the Nigeria Data Protection Act, 2023 to the public that infractions would attract penalties in accordance with the letter and spirit of law.

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Olatunji said the commission would not hesitate in “safeguarding the integrity of Nigeria data economy ecosystem.”

He warned data controllers and processors against all forms of data processing which are not in tandem with the Act, insisting that the Chief Executive Officers of Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government would be held liable for infractions.

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