NIMC counsels on how to protect personal data, warns against rogue sites

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has promised to continue to protect data of Nigerians under its custody while debunking claims of the exposure of sensitive data of citizens.

Speaking at a two-roundtable discussions with Editors and Editors-in-Chief of online newspapers who are members of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) in Lagos Head, Corporate Communications of the Commission, Mr Kayode Adegoke assured the public that the data of Nigerians have not been compromised and that the Commission never authorised any website or entity to sell or misuse the National Identification Number (NIN) amongst all the identities stated in the report.
He disclosed that the following websites: idfinder.com.ng; Verify. Ng/sign in, championtech.com.ng, trustyonline.com, and anyverify.com are data harvesters not authorised by NIMC to access or manage sensitive data.

“NIMC urged Nigerians to disregard any claims or services these websites offer and should not give their data as they are potentially fraudulent and data provided by the public on such websites are gathered and stored to build the data services they illegally provide.

He said that Nigerians should know that the Commission has taken robust measures to safeguard the nation’s database from cyber threats adding that; “a secure, world-class, full-proof database is in place.

Speaking at the meeting, head of IT, Chinenye Chizea said: “The commission’s infrastructure meets the stringent ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management System Standard, with annual recertification and strict compliance with the Nigerian Data Protection Law.

NIMC advises Nigerians to avoid giving their data to unauthorised and phishing sites.

“This poses the danger of data harvesting and comprises individual data.

“The Commission reaffirms its commitment to upholding ethical standards in data protection in line with federal government directives and data privacy regulations.

He explained further that licensed partners or vendors are not authorised to scan or store NIN slips but to verify NINs through approved channels.

He disclosed that the Commission is currently working closely with security operatives to apprehend these elements masquerading as online vendors, and they will be made to face the full wrath of the law.
The Commission urged Nigerians to remain vigilant against false information and rely on verified sources for accurate updates.

According to him; “The Commission remains committed to providing secure and reliable identity management and upholding the highest level of security for systems and databases, which are critical national assets.



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