31 August 2020
‘’The internet never forgets’’ as they say, for good and bad.
The right of Data Subjects (whose information are being processed) to have their personal data forgotten or erased by Data Controllers and Administrators (“right to be forgotten”) have become an increasingly pertinent issue across the globe.
Between July 2019 to December 2019, Google received over 925,944 content removal requests from Governments and courts in 19 countries. Nigeria issued the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation 2019 (“NDPR”) providing a legal basis for Data Subjects to approach the courts to enforce the “right to be forgotten”.
In this article, Templars Associate, Ijeamaka Nzekwe analyses the right to be forgotten under Nigerian law including its historical background, scope, practicability, limitations and applicability in comparison with other jurisdictions including recommendations for the Nigerian courts where this right will be determined.