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The EU GDPR and Nigeria’s NDPR: A comparative analysis
It is almost undeniable that the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) derives its inspiration from the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). From its title to the contents, the NDPR mirrors its European counterpart in every material respect. Placing both legislation side by side, this paper attempts a comparative review of the similar yet asymmetric regulations. The paper critically analyses the NDPR’s scope, objectives and compliance mechanism vis-à-vis the GDPR’s by interrogating the draftsmen’s intention to arrive at a conclusion on the aptitude of the former.
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Olumide Babalola the author of Casebook on Data Protection (Nigeria’s first and only law textbook on data protection), is a prolific and consummate digital rights, consumer rights, and privacy and data protection lawyer. His rich and diverse digital rights litigation experience spans across all superior courts of records in Nigeria and regional courts in Africa, including the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice. He has specifically litigated on privacy and data protection, freedom of information, online freedom of expression and passage of laws protecting digital rights, among others. Olumide has five published books to his credit: the first is a historical piece on the office of the attorney general of the federation and its occupants in Nigeria; the second is a casebook on labour and employment law, which work was propelled by the volume of legal opinions (on Nigerian labour regime, especially the decisions of courts on peculiar issues) he had to write for his multinational company on a regular basis; the third is another casebook on corporate law and practice; the fourth is Babalola’s Law Dictionary, reputed as Nigeria’s first law dictionary (strictly so called); and his latest is a casebook on data protection. He is the managing partner of Olumide Babalola, LP, his flagship full-service law office with a particular bias for digital rights, consumer rights litigation, class actions, and employment and corporate commercial litigation, among others. The awardee of the Nigerian Rising Star Award, he is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, British Nigeria Law Forum, Internet Society, Internet Governance Forum Support Association (IGFSA), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), World Litigation Forum, International Bar Association, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and International Network of Privacy Law Practitioners (INPLP).