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NDPC asks Telcos, Others to Register as Data Controllers, Processors

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Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC) has asked banks, telecommunication firms, insurance companies, and multinational firms to register with it as data controllers and processors of major importance.

NDPC asks Telcos, Others to Register as Data Controllers, Processors

This is as the commission issued a guidance notice (NDPC/HQ/GN/VOL.02/24) to firms in these sectors to clarify the categories of organisations that are required to register in line with the Nigeria Data Protection Act (NDPA) 2023.

It said, “Relying on sections 5(d), 44 and 65 of the NDPA, organizations that are of “particular value or significance to the economy, society or security of Nigeria” are designated by the commission as data controllers and processors of major importance.”

The guidance notice dated 14th of February and signed by Babatunde Bamigboye, the NDPC’s head of legal enforcement and regulations, noted that a data controller or data processor shall be deemed to have particular value or significance to the economy, society or security of the country and “hence designated to be of major importance if it keeps or has access to a filing system (whether analogue or digital) for the processing of personal data.”

It added that the commission has also identified specific data processing such as those involving sensitive personal data, cloud computing, transborder data transfers, processing the personal data of over 200 data subjects and access to data storage platforms of third parties in commercial transactions as necessary factors in considering organisations that are data controllers or processors of major importance.

Based on this, it categorised organisations in the Major Data Processing (MDP) into 3 levels, namely: Ultra High Level (UHL), Extra High Level (EHL) and Ordinary High Level (OHL).

The MDP-UHL categories include commercial banks, merchant banks, telecommunication companies, insurance companies, multinational companies, and payment gateway service providers.

Some of the organisations in the MDP-EHL category include Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government, microfinance Banks, higher institutions, hospitals providing tertiary or secondary medical services, and mortgage banks.

Organisations in the MDP-EHL category include Small and medium-scale enterprises, primary and secondary schools, primary health centres, agents, contractors, and vendors who engage with data subjects on behalf of other organisations.

Contextualising this new requirement, Dr Vincent Olatunji, the NDPC’s national commissioner, explained that the risk of processing data is higher today and extra vigilance is the major way to protect citizens from data leaks and more.

“It is therefore important to properly and functionally identify the persons and the data processing to which we must direct the torch of vigilance. Registration is one in a continuum of measures we are taking in this regard. It is, however, the entry point of accountability going forward,” he declared.

 

 

 

 

 


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New National ID Card to Be Issued Via Banks- NIMC

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National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has said that the planned national ID card will be issued to applicants by their banks.

New National ID Card to Be Issued Via Banks- NIMC

NIMC said it is working with the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS) to deliver the cards to applicants.

“The card will be issued through the applicants’ respective banks in line with existing protocols with the issuance of the Debit/Credit cards,” the agency said at the weekend update on its official X handle.

KEY FACTS ABOUT THE PROPOSED NEW GENERAL MULTIPURPOSE NATIONAL IDENTITY CARD

  1. The new National ID Card is a single, convenient, and General multipurpose card (GMPC) , eliminating the need for multiple cards—not three.
  2. The single GMPC has multiple use cases:…

— NIMC (@nimc_ng) April 12, 2024

It said applicants need to request their cards with their NIN “through the self-service online portal, NIMC offices, or their respective banks”.

“The card will be powered by the AFRIGO card scheme, an indigenous scheme powered by NIBSS,” NIMC said.

“The card can be picked up by holders at the designated center or delivered to the applicants at the requested location at an extra cost to be borne by the applicants,” the update read.


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NIMC Makes Clarifications on AfriGo, New National Domestic Card Scheme

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National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has said that the new national Identity card, powered by AfriGo Card, is a single card with multiple services.

NIMC Makes Clarifications on AfriGo, New National Domestic Card Scheme

NIMC made the clarification against the confusion and criticisms that have trailed the AfriGo Card , touted as a National Domestic Card Scheme.

NIMC is launching the AfriGo Card, in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria Inter-bank Settlement System (NIBSS), and has had appointed SecureID, a Lagos headquartered company to manufacture the Card Scheme

Making clarification on the card, Kayode Adegoke, head of Corporate Communications of the NIMC, said the General multipurpose card (GMPC) will eliminate the need for multiple cards.

“The new National ID Card is a single, convenient, and General multi-purpose card (GMPC), eliminating the need for multiple cards—not three.

“The single GMPC has multiple use cases: Payments/Financial, Government intervention/services, travel, etc.

“The National Identity Management Commission is working with the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System to deliver the payment and financial use cases.

“The card will be powered by the AFRIGO card scheme, an indigenous scheme powered by NIBSS. Applicants for the card will have to request with their NIN through the self-service online portal, NIMC offices, or their respective banks.

“The card will be issued through the applicants’ respective banks, in line with existing protocols with the issuance of the Debit/Credit cards.

“The card can be picked up by holders at the designated centre or delivered to the applicants at the requested location at an extra cost to be borne by the applicants,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Visa Launches Subscription Management Solution

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The global subscription market is on a steady rise, expected to reach a staggering $406 billion by 2025. As the trend of consumers subscribing to services in sectors such as retail, food and more increases, so does the challenge of managing their payments.

Recognising this, Visa, a world player in digital payments, has announced the launch of Subscription Manager, a new, all-in-one service for financial institutions to provide Visa cardholders with a simple, convenient way to track their subscriptions, all from the palm of their hands.

In the era of subscription overload, consumers are grappling with the complexities of managing multiple subscriptions across a web of apps. Navigating through each platform’s unique terms can potentially lead to unnoticed charges, even after a subscription is cancelled.

Visa’s new Subscription Manager streamlines key aspects of recurring payments in one place, allowing cardholders to see where their card details are stored, view which recurring payments are attributed to their card, and stop recurring payments.

“Managing subscriptions can often feel like a maze, with consumers sometimes feeling trapped in a cycle of confusing charges,” said Kathleen Pierce-Gilmore, global head of Issuing Solutions at Visa. “Our goal is to make this process simpler and ensure cardholders know exactly where their money is going, and when.”

 


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