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Caller Location Information Bill: Dangerous Law in Waiting- PIN

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Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), a social enterprise that connects under-served Nigerian youths with ICT-enabled opportunities, has rejected the ’Caller location Information Bill’ which has already passed second reading at the House of Representative.

As part of its work, PIN also engage in ICT Policy intervention; discourages bad policies, laws or regulation, especially those that touch on the digital rights of citizens and advocates for citizen-friendly, right-respecting, ones.

However, on Friday October 28, 2016, the Nigerian House of Representatives passed for second reading, a Bill for an act relating to caller location information of users of Telecommunication devices and other matters connected therewith (HB347) sponsored by Iduma Igariwey representing Afikpo North/Afikpo South of Ebonyi State.

The ’Caller location Information Bill’ seeks to legitimize what’s already being done illegitimately. It is intended to legitimize security agencies’ request for caller location information from telecoms service providers.

The Bill, if passed into law will oblige telecoms service providers to provide security agencies with callers’ location information anytime such demand is made.

The Bill seeks further to protect telecoms service providers from court cases or any liability as a result of its action to provide caller location information to security agencies.

Also, it gives telecoms service providers the power to determine its own protocol/processes involved in surrendering user’s location details to law enforcement agencies.

Reacting to the proposed Bill, Adeboye Adegoke, programme manager (ICT Policy) at PIN, said “This is a very lazy and dangerous Bill. The Bill, by empowering telecoms service providers to determine the protocols that will be used in the release of information requested by security agencies absolutely disregarded the constitutionally guaranteed rights to privacy that citizen must enjoy”. “The sensitive nature of this Bill should have compelled the drafters to prescribe global standards and frameworks for such location disclosure to happen if at all, but the drafters took the lazy approach and delegated that responsibility to service providers who are primarily business-oriented”.

Also speaking, ‘Gbenga Sesan, executive director, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria describes the Bill as dangerous and one that will definitely be abused by Government and powerful people in the society. “The Bill vaguely defines circumstances requiring such disclosure. The Bill compromises rights to privacy and will be used by the powerful to connive with security agencies to clampdown on activists, critics and whistle-blowers. It didn’t clearly define circumstances that such request is justified but ambiguously mention ‘emergency situation that involves danger of death’ One would have thought the Bill was contemplated to assist in fighting crime, kidnapping and similar criminal activities”.

“We would like to call on all stakeholders to reject this Bill in its entirety and that the Nigeria House of Representatives suspend further deliberation or consideration of the draft legislation as it was not thoroughly conceived and lacking the needed rigorousity such a sensitive Bill requires” ‘Gbenga concluded.

 

 

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NCC, FRC to Enforce Corporate Governance Compliance in Telecom Sector

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Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRC) have agreed to enforce compliance by players in the Nigerian telecommunication sector to the national and sectoral corporate codes of governance in the country.

 

Speaking during a courtesy visit by the management and board of FRC to the commission in Abuja, Mr. Sunday Dare, executive commissioner, Stakeholder Management, NCC, who received the FRC team on behalf Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, executive vice chairman of the commission, said the commission was ready to provide full support and collaboration by working together to entrench the best corporate governance practices in all sectors of the Nigerian economy.

 

Mr. Dare said the NCC believed that sound corporate governance was a sine qua non for meaningful growth and economic development, particularly for an industry as dynamic and complicated as telecom, stressing that this was why the NCC issued the Code of Corporate Governance for the telecom industry in 2014 and made it mandatory for its larger licenses in 2016.

 

He noted that the FRC also launched the Nigerian Code of Corporate Governance in 2018 to achieve broadly the same objectives as the NCC Code on an economy-wide basis. The FRC Code, however, takes effect from January 2020.

 

Dare explained that while the two codes had the same primary objective of enhancing corporate performance through adherence to best practice principles, it was natural that there would be areas of divergence, which he said the commission and FRC could work harmoniously together to address for the overall benefit of the country.

 

“It is our understanding that the National Code will exist simultaneously with sectoral codes such as the NCC Code, which will now be described as ‘Guidelines’; where conflicts exist between the two codes, the stricter provisions will apply; and the National Code for FRC gives flexibility for sector regulators such as the NCC to adapt Governance Principles to suit the peculiar needs of the sector,” he said.

 

Dare further explained that regulatory certainty and predictability were very critical for the telecom industry and therefore required continuous and harmonious engagements between the two organisations to address grey areas.

 

He also informed the FRC delegation that since the compliance with the NCC Code became mandatory; the level of corporate governance compliance among affected telecom licensees had also increased.

 

In his comments, Mr. Daniel Asapokhai, FRC executive secretary and chief executive officer, who led his delegation to the commission, commended the NCC for its sectoral code initiative, stressing that increased engagement of the businesses and licensees affected by such co

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MTN’s Bayo Adekanmbi to Speak At NECLive 7

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Mr Bayo Adekanmbi, Chief Transformation Officer, MTN Nigeria has been confirmed as one of the speakers for the 2019 edition of Nigerian Entertainment Conference, scheduled to hold on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 in Lagos.

 

The conference themed ‘Mobile, Data, Consumers and The Future Of Entertainment’ will take place at the Landmark Event Centre, Oniru Victoria Island from 9 am.

 

Mr Adekanmbi will be speaking on the topic ‘Understanding Data For The Purpose of Economic Freedom’.

 

He is a leading expert in Strategy, Marketing and Analytics who previously served as MTN Nigeria’s General Manager Business Intelligence and Chief Marketing/Strategy Officer.

 

The certified Kaggle Data scientist is a holder of the prestigious MTN Yello Star award for the conceptualisation of a Customer Value/Risk Management framework, which resulted in multi-billion naira revenue growth for the company.

 

MTN is Nigeria’s leading telecommunications company with over 58 million subscribers. With streaming platforms Music+ and Comedy+ amongst other products, MTN revolutionised content monetisation in Nigeria, a development which has continued to bring enormous benefits to creators in the entertainment industry.

 

Adekanmbi will be giving insight on how content creators can generate revenue by effectively exploiting the numbers and statistics tied to their careers.

 

After his speech, Mr Adekanmbi will be joined on stage by a seasoned panel made up of ID Africa CEO Femi Falodun, International DJ/Philanthropist DJ Cuppy, Veteran Award-winning Music Producer Nelson Brown and Olumide Osundolire who is a Partner at top Nigerian law firm Banwo & Ighodalo.

 

The panel will be moderated by award-winning Writer & Journalist, Joey Akan.

 

NECLive is organised by ID Africa, in partnership with Africa Creative Foundation, MultiChoice, Livespot, Huce Valeris, and BHM.

 

 

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BlackBerry to Shut Down BBM by May

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BlackBerry on Thursday announced that it will be shutting down its BBM consumer service on May 31, 2019.

 

“Today, we’re announcing that we will be closing BBM consumer service on 31 May 2019,” BBM said in a blog post on its website today.

 

The proprietary mobile instant messenger and video-telephony application said it is shutting down because “users have moved on to other platforms, while new users proved difficult to sign on.”

 

“Though we are sad to say goodbye, the time has come to sunset the BBM consumer service, and for us to move on,” it added.

 

It will be recalled that BlackBerry had in 2018 shut down the Blackberry Playbook Video service.

 

Daily Trust also recalled that BBM was very popular in the early 2000s. But the advent of WhatsApp and other instant messaging applications such as Telegram, WeChat and Facebook Messenger saw its popularity fades out.

 

Back in 2016, BlackBerry announced a new partnership with Indonesia-based Emtek to help expand the consumer BBM business.

 

As part of the partnership, Emtek expanded the capabilities of BBM for consumers with new features and enhancements while BlackBerry maintained control over their BBM Enterprise solution.

 

“Three years ago, we set out to reinvigorate BBM consumer service, one of the most loved instant messaging applications, as a cross-platform service where users can not only chat and share life experiences, but also consume content and use payment services,” BlackBerry said.

 

“We poured our hearts into making this a reality, and we are proud of what we have built to date.”

 

BlackBerry said users’ data such as photos, videos and files will be available for download before the app is shut down by the end of May.

 

“Once the BBM service is shut down, you will not be able to open BBM on your device to see any old or new messages, or retrieve asset files,” it stated

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