What is Data Protection?

What is Data Protection?

September 17, 2019

To understand what data protection entails it is important we know what data is all about. Data as simply expressed by the oxford dictionary can mean facts and statistics collected together for references of analysis. Data can be facts, figures, statistics, characters etc transmitted in a computer. For instance, your personal information forms your personal data or the statistics of people that view Betnaija daily is also known as data

The data protection law is the Law that regulates and guide the use of Data. The Data protection law controls the collection and dissemination of data. It can also be defined as the process of protecting sensitive data such as prevention from identity theft, safeguard of privacy, safe from loss and every unauthorised access

As a result of the recent trend where a lot of companies both private and public have migrated their business online, the need to secure Data has became paramount. Hence, the Nigeria Data Protection regulation NITDA 2019 was enacted to safeguard privacy, to ensure safe transfer of personal data, to prevent wrongful use of personal data and to ensure that Nigeria businesses remain competitive in the international market through a just and equitable legal framework on data protection. The regulation is to regulate how data should be used in Nigeria.

It is important to note that the Data protection Law defers from country to country. Although, the goal is usually similar which is to secure data legally.




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