Pan-African digital rights organisation, Paradigm Initiative, has written to the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service demanding compensation for Nigerian citizen, Ewohime Jeffrey Apkovweta, whose passport biodata page was posted online following the allegation that he destroyed Nigeria’s diplomatic vehicles in London.
The organisation, while not touching on the separate issue of the vandalization allegation against Apkovweta, is holding Nigerian immigration agency accountable for violating the data privacy rights of the citizen by publicly displaying his passport biodata page, containing personally identifiable information on social media.
While speaking on the development, Adeboye Adegoke, Program Manager for Anglophone West Africa at Paradigm Initiative, said, ‘’The organisation is appalled by the absolute disregard that many government agencies display towards the personal information, including biometric data of citizens in their custody. Despite the fact that the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) came out with Data Protection Guidelines for Nigeria, agencies of government and private organizations continue to treat privacy and confidentiality of citizens’ data with levity.”
Adeboye continued, “Irrespective of the allegations against the citizen, the immigration agency had no right to violate his constitutionally guaranteed right to privacy.”
NITDA’s data privacy guidelines prescribe minimum data protection standards for all organisations or persons that control, collect, store or process personal data of Nigerian residents and citizens within and outside Nigeria.