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Posted By: |August 06, 2020 |

Breach Of The Fundamental Right To Privacy Of An Individual

 

INTRODUCTION

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The right to privacy is one of the fundamental rights of an individual guaranteed under the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended). The right to privacy protects an individual from the invasion of his/her privacy by anyone, it protects an individual from the public disclosure of embarrassing facts and it also prevents the appropriation of an individual’s name or likeness for commercial use.

A review of the law reports in Nigeria would show clearly that the right to privacy is one of the least litigated fundamental rights in Nigerian Courts and the reason for this is not farfetcheddata privacy concerns are just beginning to gain momentum in Nigeria and this can be seen from the recent issuance of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR) in January 2019 by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA). In addition, the advent of social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram has also helped to bring data privacy issues on the front burner, as it is now very easy for the personal data of an individual to be easily accessed and used in an unlawful manner.

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