Bureau investigates breach of Data privacy in Organ Transplants

By Na'ankwat Dariem, Abuja

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The National Commissioner Nigeria Data Protection Bureau, NDPB, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, has ordered an investigation into the use and public circulation of the personal data allegedly belonging to Nwamini David and Sonia Ekweremadu.

The ongoing case of organ transplant is pending before a British Court.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Legal, Enforcement and Regulations Lead, NDPB, Mr. Babatunde Bamigboye.

Bamigboye said; “the Bureau notes with concern that certain sensitive personal data purportedly belonging to the two Nigerian citizens (complainant and patient) in this case are being processed by data controllers, particularly media organisation without regard to the implications under the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) 2019. 

He explained that “NDPR prohibits the processing of personal data without the informed consent or other lawful bases known to law. Accordingly, all data controllers and all persons are hereby warned of the consequences of using anyone’s data in violation of NDPR.

“The  Bureau recognizes the vital role of media organizations in educating the general public. In carrying out this important assignment, however, it is obligatory to respect the boundaries of citizens’ privacy.”

The Bureau added that it has set machinery in motion to cooperate with other public institutions within and outside Nigeria, to ensure transparency and accountability in the instant case.



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