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NDPC, SMEDAN sign MoU to boost data protection among 40 million SMEs in Nigeria 



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The Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), to bolster data protection initiatives among the 40 million SMEs in the country. 

The MoU establishes a framework for collaboration, including the formation of a working group to focus on capacity building in data protection.  

This initiative aims to educate SMEs on adopting appropriate technical and organizational measures towards safeguarding data privacy. 

In addition to that, NDPC in a statement released on Monday said it also signed a similar MoU with the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC). 

Speaking on the MoU with the two organizations, the National Commissioner/CEO of NDPC, Dr Vincent Olatunji, expressed optimism about the implementation of the memoranda with the two strategic agencies and assured stakeholders that the trusted use of data will guarantee short, medium, and long-term growth. 

Dr Olatunji reiterated the significance of this partnership, emphasising the need to protect the personal data of approximately 60 million data subjects within the gaming sector. He stressed the importance of training NLRC staff and stakeholders on data protection principles to foster a culture of compliance. 

The NDPC said the MoU it signed with the NLRC bolsters the collaboration between the two Commissions. The MoU formalizes the commitment to uphold data protection laws and implement best practices in data storage and processing. 

The Director General, NLRC, Mr Lanre Gbajabiamila expressed appreciation to the NDPC for their ongoing work. 

The collaborations mark significant milestones in NDPC’s mission to promote data protection and privacy across diverse sectors in Nigeria.