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FG cautions on exposure of bio-metric data

Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy has advised Nigerians to be weary of fraudulent persons using the COVID-19 lock-down to get bio-metric data from unsuspecting Nigerians online.

In a statement by the Technical Assistant on Information Technology to the Minister, Mr Femi Adeluyi, the Minister, Dr Isa Pantami urged members of the public to disregard any information from any group or individuals seeking to confirm or collect personal records for any purpose.

The Minister said in the statement that the Federal Government will never ask Citizens to confirm their records via phone calls or digital means without an elaborate structure to ensure the safety of these records and effective communication to the public in this regard.

Dr Pantami said he had directed the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to issue a comprehensive framework to guide public institutions on the lawful processing of personal data for public and vital interests such as public health, welfare, security and related matters.

The Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy in the statement assured Nigerians of its commitment to ensure that the use of data in the fight against COVID-19 complies with laid down regulations.

Olayemi Daniyan

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