Attorney: Privacy Law Needed
DATA PROTECTION—NIGERIAAugust 17, 2010
Requiring cell phone users to register their SIM cards prior to activation may violate Nigerians' right to privacy, writes attorney Rotimi Fawole in the Daily Independent. The Nigerian Communications Commission has said the measure will help prevent and prosecute crime, but Fawole says that may come at the cost of user privacy, given the lack of safeguards employed for the collection of SIM card users' data, which includes a photograph and fingerprint. Without a data protection law, questions remain over who owns the collected data, who may seize it lawfully and which third parties may have access to it. "Should there not be a minimum legal standard for the handling of such information?" Fawole asks.