NDPC Reopens Registration Portal for Intending DPCOs to Foster Data Protection Culture in Nigeria

The Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC) has taken a significant step to enhance data protection practices nationwide by reopening registration for organizations aspiring to become Data Protection Compliance Organizations (DPCOs), as stated in the press release signed by Adamma Isamade, the NDPC Ag. Head, Legal, Enforcement & Regulations. This move underscores NDPC’s commitment to promoting accountability and transparency in data processing practices across Nigeria.

Previously closed in 2023, the registration portal has been revamped to accommodate fresh applications from potential DPCOs. Through an innovative Public-Private Partnership framework, NDPC grants licenses to private entities, empowering them to oversee, audit, and report on compliance by Data Controllers and Data Processors, aligning with Section 33 of the Nigeria Data Protection Act, 2023. This pioneering model, exclusive to Nigeria, has garnered international recognition from Data Protection Authorities worldwide.

With an estimated 500,000 Data Controllers operating in Nigeria, the demand for DPCOs has been higher. Currently, NDPC has issued licenses to approximately 183 DPCOs, indicating significant potential for further partnerships.

Beyond regulatory compliance, NDPC sees the registration of new DPCOs as pivotal in fostering a robust data protection culture in Nigeria. By conducting audits, promoting awareness, ensuring compliance, and enhancing capacity-building efforts, DPCOs play a crucial role in safeguarding individuals’ privacy rights and bolstering trust in the digital space.

Prospective DPCOs are encouraged to kickstart the registration process by visiting services.ndpc.gov.ng.

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