Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Paradigm Initiative: Your online data belongs to you, protect it - ITREALMS

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Paradigm Initiative (PI) has joined stakeholders to commemorate ahead, the 2022 Data Privacy Week by urging Nigerians to be mindful of their online data and equally protect same, reports 
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The 2022 Data Privacy Day would be marked on Friday, January 28; to empower individuals and businesses to respect, and safeguard the privacy of online users.

Data Privacy Day, ITREALMS recalls is an international event that occurs every year on 28 January, with the purpose of raising awareness and promotion of privacy and data protection best practices.

According to the Communications Officer, Paradigm Initiative, Valery Njiaba, Digital Rights are Human Rights and to that end, we call on stakeholders, policymakers, governments, academia, businesses, and the general public to be intentional in sensitizing the masses and cautiously considering measures to ensure that the right to privacy and the is given due consideration in the way data is collected and stored.

As said by her, Paradigm Initiative would continue efforts at monitoring and supporting the rightful use of data collection, and its protection.

"We have also kept a watchful eye on the policy landscape of data protection in Africa as well the authorities in charge of this mandate. We have drafted several policy briefs, carried out workshops and research to best evaluate data protection situations in Africa, as well as developed several tools to help curb the malaise within the continent," she said.

Njiaba underscored some of their recent publications to include the DPA report that maps out the state of data protection legislation and authorities in Africa, Assessing Data Protection in Nigeria and Towards a Data Protection Legislative Framework in Nigeria which highlighted the impact and effectiveness of the Nigerian data protection regulatory framework across different thematic areas, and Nigeria's legislative and regulatory journey towards enacting comprehensive data protection legislation.

"These reports offer some great conclusions and recommendations to ease data protection and privacy," she said.

Equally important, she said, are their tools of impact such as ripoti.africa a platform that enables online users to report digital rights violations in Africa including breaches of online privacy, and ayeta.africa a proactive toolkit for African digital rights actors aimed at addressing the growing need to safeguard digital rights defenders, journalists , whistleblowers, and others working with sensitive information in the global South.

As every activity involving digital technologies leaves a trace, we are optimistic that stakeholders and major actors within the digital space will use the Data Privacy Week to educate users about privacy in the digital age, how to identify whether their personal information is being used, what measures to be taken to prevent data breaches and how to seek redress where necessary.

Chuks Egbune/Editor

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