The College of Business and Social Sciences, in collaboration with SDG 4 (Quality Education), organized the 37th webinar series themed “Data Protection Essentials in Corporate Institutions” to further the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as set by the United Nations. Dr. Ann Damian-Effiom, a data protection manager from Valuesoft Intelligent Automation, Lagos, served as the facilitator of the webinar, who made her presentation in a clear and simple language and was well-received by the participants. The webinar had a total attendance of eighty-one participants. Quality questions were asked by the participants and answers were provided by the guest speaker. 

The event started off with addresses from the Director of LUCRID, Dr Oluwasogo Dada, and the HOD of Accounting, Dr Samuel A. Fakile. They both highlighted the timeliness and importance of the 37th webinar on data security, as the world is moving towards that direction, and failure to comply exposes an organization or individual to unnecessary litigations. They emphasized that good practices in data protection are vital to enhancing public trust.

Director, LUCRID. Dr. Dada O.  Speech

HOD, Accounting and Finance Dr. Fakile S.A Speech

In her speech, the Vice-Chancellor of Landmark University, Prof Charity O. Aremu, acknowledged the proprietor for providing a platform for the Landmark University webinar series. She emphasized the need for data protection and control in the world of social media. She reiterated that data information is a thematic area of attention for countries, which led to the establishment of information acts. She expressed her belief that the webinar will help identify lawful ways of using information and explore different ways of utilizing it.

Vice Chancellor, Prof Charity O. Aremu giving her speech

Dr. Ann Damian-Effiom, a data protection consultant, took to the floor to deliver the discourse. She described data protection as the fair and proper use of information about people, which is about building trust between individuals and organizations. She then focused on four main areas of data protection, including personal data (sensitive data subject), data subject (any person whose personal data is being processed), data controllers (employers), data processors (people who process data on behalf of data controllers), and data auditing.

She identified ways of protecting sensitive personal data, including password-protecting the system, using encryption methods, training staff, and continuously updating software or technology. She also outlined the rights of data subjects, including the right to be informed, access to information, rectification, restriction of processing, transfer of information, and objection to the processing of personal data. Additionally, she explained the principles that guide data controllers and data processors, which include lawfulness, fairness and transparency, purpose limitation, accuracy, storage limitation, integrity, and accountability.

She further stressed the need for periodic data protection audits for organizations that process more than 2000 subject data information and the submission of an audit report to the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB) to avoid being penalized by the authorities. It is expected that each organization submits a data subject privacy policy report by March every year in Nigeria. According to the speaker, the requirements for the NDPB include visiting the website, uploading the audit report, paying the fee, clicking “processing,” and then receiving a certificate of trust mark that would be issued to the organization. She reiterated the importance of staying compliance with the rules to avoid damaging the institution’s reputation, which could also result in a fine of two million naira (N2,000,000) or one percent (1%) of the total revenue

However, she did not conclude her presentation without outlining action plans for the institution, which include seeking the consent of the data subject, conducting a data protection audit, publishing a privacy policy on the website or student handbook, reviewing data protection annually, conducting a data protection impact assessment, updating agreements with third parties, notifying the Nigeria Data Protection Bureau of any personal data breach, designing a system for seamless access to information, and appointing data protection officers

(Middle) Dean, College of Business and Social Sciences, Dr. Ben Caleb E., flanked to his right by Director, LUCRID, Dr. O. Dada, and flanked to his left by HOD, Accounting, Dr Fakile S.A. others include faculty and students of Accounting and Finance Department

The Dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences, Dr. Ben Caleb, gave the closing remarks and left everyone with some food for thought: “No one can protect your data more than you can, therefore, be careful with the information you send out.”

Dean, CBSS, Dr Ben-Caleb E. Closing Remark