NITDA warns on use of Truecaller

…Says users exposed to invasion

National Information Agency (NITDA) has revealed that
Truecaller Privacy Policy has failed the compliance and global laws on protection and the Nigeria Protection (NDPR) test.
According to NITDA, there has been breach of privacy rights of over seven million Nigerians by the Truecaller Service.
By supplementing the personal information of Nigerians without specific consent and accuracy, they are susceptible to serious invasion of their privacy. This has encouraged unscrupulous persons to continue using Nigerian identities to perpetuate . NITDA said in statement signed by its Director-General Kashifu Abdullahi Inuwa.
“The attention of the National Information Agency (NITDA) has been drawn to the breach of privacy rights of Nigerians by the Truecaller service.
“The agency, in accordance with Section 6(f) of the NITDA Act 2007, which empowers it to render advisory services in all information matters to the public and private sectors, wish to inform the public that it commences of the breach.
“Initial findings revealed that the Truecaller Privacy Policy is not in compliance with global laws on protection and the Nigeria Protection (NDPR) in particular.
“The findings also revealed that there are over seven million Nigerians who are active users of the service, hence the need to enlighten the public on some of the areas of non-compliance as well as guide those affected.
The NITDA reveals that “contrary to the expectation of many users, the Truecaller service collects far more information than it needs to provide its primary service.
The foregoing are samples of the many illegitimate provisions found in the Truecaller Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. The implications of these are far-reaching. The provisions of the policy be exploited to put many Nigerians in unsavoury conditions.

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