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Exploring the Functionality of the Provisions of the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) on International Transfer of Personal Data

The African society thrives on a sense of community. This strong sense of community implied that the business of one was that of another. As a result, the concept of privacy though present in our laws remained undeveloped in the Nigerian jurisprudence and sparked little to no debate until the advent of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR).. The EU GDPR spurred conversation on the international stage and resulted in the proliferation of data protection laws and regulations around the globe. Taking initiative from the EU GDPR, the National Information Technology Development Agency (‘NITDA’) pursuant to section 6 of the NITDA Act promulgated the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation, 2019 (NDPR) with aim of bringing to  order the hitherto morass of total lawlessness, abuse and impunity that had characterized the state of privacy and data protection in Nigeria. To supplement the NDPR, NITDA released the NDPR Implementation Framework (“the Framework”). One of the significant features of the NDPR was the regulation of international transfer of personal data as such personal data would be subject to the data protection laws of the host state. This article thus seeks to explore the functionality of the provisions of the NDPR on international transfer of data.

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