FG: Unnamed ‘third-party’ hacked Nigeria’s 104m ID database at NIMC 

The Federal Government has claimed that an unnamed “third-party” allegedly granted unauthorized access into the database of over 104 million enrolled citizens under the custody of Nigeria’s ID agency, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

The NDPC report further stated thus: “At the moment, data processing by licensees generally are to be scrutinised and only those that are cleared based on credible evidence of regulatory compliance will be permitted to carry out NIN verification going forward.”

The Federal data protection agency said that it will conduct “series of intensive trainings” for personnel and licensees of NIMC to ensure that they are “abreast of the duty of care and the standard of care mandated by the Nigeria Data Protection Act, NIMC’s Privacy Policy and other relevant regulatory protocols.”

NDPC called on the public to see the NIN as what it described as “an essential data for sustainable development. 

According to the data protector, “While existing technical and organisational measures are being strengthened to ensure the protection of this data, it is important for citizens to ensure that they are not left unidentified in various frameworks for development. It is equally important to be vigilant when sharing personal information on various online platforms.”