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Lagos Assembly: Bill On Protection Of Companies, Individuals’ Data Scale Second Reading

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The bill on protection of Data of Companies and Individuals, on Monday, scaled second reading in the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Initiating the debate on the bill at plenary session, Chairman of the House Committee On Science and Technology, Hon. Lanre Afinni (Lagos Island 2), explained that the objective was meant to monitor data processor to avoid manipulation.

Afinni said that an individual must give consent before his or her information is released to the public, adding “This bill will help to protect the human rights of our people”.

In his contribution, Hon. Femi Saheed (Kosofe 2) said that if the bill is passed into law it would reduce cyber crime and protect the data of both public and private companies.

While contributing, Hon. Rotimi Abiru (Somolu 2) argued that the bill looks like a bill to generate revenue for the state, saying that there was need to take precautions, knowing fully well that businesses were just recovering from COVID-19 pandemic.

In his explanation, Hon. Abiodun Tobun (Epe 1) said that the bill was apt because of technological advancements.

Hon. Ibrahim Layode (Badagry 1) argued that instead of creating another Commission through the bill, the Lagos State Registration Agency (LASRA) could be strengthened to take up the responsibility.

Layode added ” I see it as a waste of time and resources if we create another Commission for this purpose. We can strengthen LASRA to discharge this responsibility of data protection.”

The Speaker of the House, Rt. (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, committed the bill to the Committee on Science and Technology to report back in two weeks.

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