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SERAP threatens to sue President Buhari over consenting to Nigerian's personal details being accessed by security agencies illegally

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has threatened to sue President Muhammadu Buhari over access to citizens private data without consent.

This is premised on the reintroduction of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Act amendment bill.

Plans have reportedly been underway to reintroduce the NBC Act amendment bill as an Executive Bill in the National Assembly.

The Bill aims at regulating Social Media, Internet Broadcasting, fix tariffs for broadcast services.

But the bone of contention is the empowerment of Security Agencies to cull private data through the National Identity Number, NIN, without Court order, or the consent of the owner of the Data. It, therefore, borders on Social Media censorship.

With the bill, Big Tech Companies will be compelled to part with subscribers Private Data without question within a period of seven days “in the face of imminent danger”.

But in a post on its Twitter handle Friday, SERAP said it will sue the Buhari administration.

“President Buhari must immediately rescind his reported approval for security agencies to access people’s personal details via NIN-SIM linkage without due process of law”, it tweeted.

“This is an attack on our rights to privacy and dignity.

“We’re suing to challenge this illegality.”

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