Agency investigates Lagos state for  Data breach

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By Na’ankwat Dariem

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) says it is investigating the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service(LIRS), for breach of Nigeria Data Protection Regulation.

In statement signed by the Director General of the NITDA, Mr. Kashifu Inuwa said  LIRS committed the  breach by publishing a web portal where personal information of tax payers of Lagos State was gleaned by the general public in breach of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), 2019.

Mr. Inuwa explained that the NITDA would ” further investigate this breach and the circumstances surrounding it with the aim of assessing the impact of the breach as well as determine responsibility and culpability of data controllers or processors connected to the breach and prevent future occurrence.”

“He also advised “the public to be vigilant and to report immediately to NITDA or other law enforcement agencies if they notice that the information of any data subject on the LIRS database is further disclosed or used in any manner in violation of the NDPR.We enjoin all parties to cooperate with NITDA as we seek to protect the personal and confidential information of Nigerian Citizens from misuse and abuse.”The DG explained

The DG however commended  the Lagos state Internal Revenue Service for the swift remedial action in disabling the portal and pulling the website away from the public domain.

“We have also been informed that the LIRS has indicated that public access to the portal was a glitch from a consultant of the Service and that the portal has been duly disabled.”  Inuwa said

We however warn that glitches of this kind do not insulate LIRS from responsibility or culpability from whatever actions, civil or criminal, that may arise from such glitch, as personal and confidential information of data subjects were made available to the public illegally,” he said.

Inuwa also stressed that such glitches were in breach of the NDPR and invariably the National Information Technology Development Agency Act 2007.

Lateefah Ibrahim