How Nigerians Can Avoid Whatsapp Privacy Issues – NITDA
The statement further acknowledged the importance of Whatsapp platform for business, education and interactions among millions of 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 reiterated that Nigerians have other similar platforms open to them to explore beyond Whatsapp and they can decide whether to opt out of not.
Nigerians are also advised against the sharing of sensitive personal information on private messaging and social media platforms, especially since business exigency has been prioritised over privacy and security.
NITDA however said that it will continue to engage with Facebook even though there are concerns especially regarding the double standard in privacy concerns, “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.”©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.