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Nigerian Government to Investigate Truecaller Over Violation of Privacy Rights  
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Nigerian Government to Investigate Truecaller Over Violation of Privacy Rights  

Debby O

The Nigerian government said it will begin investigations into the activities of popular call identification app, Truecaller.

This was revealed by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) over what is termed an alleged violation of the privacy rights of Nigerians.

The Director-General of the agency, Kashifu Inuwa said that findings revealed that Truecaller’s privacy policy was in breach of global laws on data protection and also the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation.

Further investigations revealed that over 7 million Nigerians used Truecaller, thus it was imperative to “enlighten the public” and “guide those affected”.

The statement from NITDA said that the app violated the policy which required data collection and processing to not only be accurate, but that consent must be obtained before collation of personal information.

The agency went on to reveal that Truecaller collected far more information required to provide its primary service.

Inuwa said:

“By supplementing the personal information of Nigerians without specific consent and accuracy, they are susceptible to a serious invasion of their privacy.

“This has encouraged unscrupulous persons to continue using Nigerian identities to perpetrate fraud.”

Thus NITDA said it will continue looking into the activities of Truecaller to ensure that the privacy of Nigerians are protected.