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Abuja Chamber calls for protection of personal data


Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has called for the protection of data to avoid unnecessary explosion to strange contents.

The President of the chamber, Adetokunbo Kayode, made the call in Abuja on Tuesday at a stakeholders’ roundtable on Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

“For me as a person, anytime I receive a targeted unsolicited message from a telecommunications company or a junk or spam email, it keeps me wondering at how easy my personal data has become to operators of networks.

“Much worrying is when such messages carry some elements of commercial touch without any iota of commission to me. It is not supposed to be so in my reasoned estimation.

“I want to suggest to our regulators and the entire system to look into the possibility of harmonising our personal data system that loosely hangs while processing international passports and vehicle registration

“Other areas are driver’s licence, SIM card registration, voter’s card, bank account and national passport from different issuing authorities,’’ Kayode said.

According to him, data sourcing, receiving, taking, processing, storage, retention and transmission is a large value chain.

He noted that many countries and advanced technologies had taken cognisance of the situation and harnessed the potential and dividends contained therein.

“With the value chain firmly guided, guarded, regulated and enforced, a lot of economic gains have been recorded in such entities,’’ Kayode said.

He said that the chamber intended to set up a framework with active collaboration among all stakeholders to ensure personal data were responsibly used and to create jobs.