FG moves against Truecaller over alleged breach of privacy in Nigeria
The Federal Government through the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is looking into a potential breach of privacy rights of Nigerians by the social media platform, Truecaller.
The Agency, in accordance with Section 6(f) of the NITDA Act 2007, which empowers it to render advisory services in all information technology matters to the public and private sectors, said it has commenced investigation of the potential breach.
NITDA findings also revealed that there are over seven million Nigerians, who are active users of the service, hence the need to enlighten the public on some of the areas of non-compliance as well as guide those affected.
NITDA’s Director-General, Kashifu Inuwa, said contrary to the expectation of many users, the Truecaller service collects far more information than it needs to provide its primary service, noting that it is global best practice for users to be informed of the possible third-party processors’ information, which may be shared with and for what purpose, insisting that this policy flaunts this rule which is also enunciated in the NDPR.
The IT regulator assured Nigerians that it will continue to monitor the activities of digital service providers with a view to ensuring that the rights of Nigerians are not unduly breached, while also improving the operational environment to support ethical players in their bid to get the maximum benefit from Nigeria.