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Abubakar Sanni Aliyu


Nigeria has absolutely no privacy and personal information laws. This lacuna is even more material in an internet world where information published on the web is open to a global audience. It is in this regard that the Data Protection Bill was sponsored by Hon. Yakubu Dogara, member of the Federal House of Representatives, representing Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Bauchi State, Nigeria. This paper has two key aims, firstly to find out the major issues address by the proposed Data Protection Bill 2010, secondly, to determine the significance and the challenges of the Bill to Nigeria environment. The study utilized secondary source of data from the Data Protection Bill, 2010 and other documentary sources for analysis. The study finds out that the Bill protect parties in regard to publication of market survey details and information, ensure that unauthorised processing of personal information is reduce, and use of personal data and information without the prior consent of the data is subjected to scrutiny. The paper recommends that the Federal Government of Nigeria and the policy makers should hasten the process of passing the Bill into law in order to strengthen the activities of ecommerce in Nigeria through the following benefits: Improved customer relations; Improved ability to market lawfully; Improved data quality; Improved data security among others. 

Keywords: Act, Data Protection, Personal Information, Bill, E-commerce

Abubakar Sanni Aliyu, Master Information Management is of the Department of Research and Training, National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS), National Assembly, Abuja-Nigeria, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Cite this article:
Aliyu Abubakar Sanni. THE NIGERIA DATA PROTECTION BILL: APPRAISAL, ISSUES, AND CHALLENGES. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.9, no.1:48-59, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2016-no1-art03

Digital Object Identifier(DOI): http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2016-no1-art03

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