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Data Controllers & Processors Registration Fees Now Base on Risk Level, Says NDPC

Data Controllers & Processors Registration Fees Now Base on Risk Level, Says NDPC

The new guidelines for the registration of data controllers and processors have been restructured to allow payment based on the risk involvement levels of the data protection management organisation.

According to the new, guidelines released by the Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC), the Commission has varied the payable fees according to the level of Major Data Processing (MDP) involved.

The decision, the NDPC said was meant to foster ease of doing business, particularly for small organisations involved in potentially high-risk data processing.

The Major Data Processing (MDP) is classified into 3 levels, namely: Ultra High Level (UHL), Extra High Level (EHL) and Ordinary High Level (OHL) of Major Data Processing. The fees payable are N250,000, N100,000 and N10,000 respectively.

The Guidance Notice, which was  signed by the Commission’s Head of Legal Enforcement and Regulations, Babatunde Bamigboye, states: “A data controller or data processor shall be deemed to have particular value or significance to the economy, society or security of Nigeria 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”.

Meanwhile, 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 platform of third parties in commercial transactions as necessary factors in considering organisations that are data controllers or processors of major importance.

The organisations in the MDP-UHL categories include but are not limited to the following are: Commercial banks operating at national or regional level, Merchant Banks, Telecommunication companies, Insurance companies, Multinational companies and Payment gateway service providers.

Others are organisations within MDP-EHL category, which are: Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government, Micro finance Banks, Higher Institutions, Hospitals providing tertiary or secondary medical services, and Mortgage banks;

While those at the MDP-EHL category are: Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (it must be such that have access to personal data which they may share, transfer, analyze, copy, compute or store in the course of carrying out their individual businesses), Primary and Secondary Schools, Primary Health Centres, Agents, contractors and vendors who engage with data-subjects on behalf of other organisations.

Commenting on the development, the NDPC’s National Commissioner and CEO, Dr Vincent Olatunji, urged data controllers to eschew activities that may put citizens at risk especially when millions of Nigerians are sharing their personal data such as bank details, pictures, health and academic records online.

“The risks are getting higher even as the opportunities are also increasing, we are reminded of the warning by those in the frontiers of the 4th  Industrial Revolution that we have a price to pay for liberty. The price is eternal vigilance. 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 said.



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