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NITDA Warns Nigerians Over New WhatsApp Private Policy

Rachael Olokungboye

The National Information Technology Development Agency has advised Nigerians on how to avoid being victims of digital colonialism.

The statement concluded with a re-confirmation of Nigeria’s engagement with Facebook while stating that the agency is focused on ensuring that Nigerians do not become victims of digital colonialism.

“Nigeria’s engagement with Facebook continues. We have given them our opinion on areas to improve compliance with the NDPR. We have also raised concerns as to the marked difference between the privacy standard applicable in Europe, under the GDPR and the rest of the world.

“Given the foregoing and other emerging issues around international technology companies, NITDA, with stakeholders, is exploring all options to ensure Nigerians do not become victims of digital colonialism. Our national security, dignity and individual privacy are cherished considerations we must not lose. Because of this, we shall work with the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy to organize a hackathon for Nigerians to pitch solutions that can provide services that will provide functional alternatives to existing global social platforms,” the statement read.

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