IIM Africa expands data protection campaign

The Institute of Information Management Africa and Records and Information Management Awareness Foundation has commenced the 2022 free National Awareness Campaign.

The campaign, tagged ‘National Digital Transformation and Data Protection Awareness Campaign’, is in a bid to sensitise organisations on the importance of digital revolution and data preservation.

According to a statement, the campaign started in 2020 after the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, directed ministries, departments, and agencies to automate their files and records.

The President and Chairman of the Governing Council of the IIM Africa, Oyedokun Oyewole, said, “The regulation requires that any organisation dealing with or keeping data of Nigerian citizens is expected to comply with the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation, failure of which could result in financial loss, damage to reputation or imprisonment.

“The penalty attracts up to N10m or two per cent of the company’s annual global gross revenue of the preceding year, whichever is higher.”

He explained that the campaign was aimed at educating organisations as well as providing technical and non-technical information and support required for successful implementation of files and document digitisation.

He added that the campaign would provide quality knowledge and bridge skill gaps, with guidelines and standards for digitisation and ultimate implementation of Enterprise Content Management solution.

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