What NITDA Told Nigerians About The New WhatsApp Policies
Posted By: Prince Marcus
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has directed Nigerians on how to operate the new WhatsApp, advised people to adhere to the rules and policies of the App in order to avoid restrictions
“Millions of Nigerians use WhatsApp platform for business, social, educational, and other purposes. The platform is the social media platform of choice for many Nigerians.
“To understand the issues and give an opportunity to explain its views, NITDA in collaboration with the African Network of Data Protection Authorities engaged Facebook Incorporated, the owners of WhatsApp platform, specifically, its global Policy officials on 9th April, 2021. After the engagement, NITDA, as Nigeria’s data privacy regulator, wishes to advise Nigerians on how Facebook’s business decision affects their privacy rights.”
“Users will now be subject to the terms and policies of Facebook and other receiving entities with or without being direct subscribers to such services.” NITDA further reaffirmed that Nigerians have other related platforms available to them to use apart from WhatsApp. The agency additionally advised that Nigerians should limit the sharing of delicate personal information on private messaging and social media platforms, particularly as business demand has been given priority over privacy and security. The statement concluded with a re-affirmation of Nigeria’s engagement with Facebook, while declaring that the agency is committed to ensure that Nigerians do not become victims of digital colonialism.
The statement added, “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.”