Emmanuel Yinka Fagbenle
Truecaller will be harmonising their operation with the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Mr. Kashifu Inuwa has stated at the just ended Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) where the NITDA managed Nigeria’s participation alongside other 145 countries.
Truecaller is one of the globe’s leading caller ID and spam blocking app on smartphone. It was developed by the Swedish company, True Software Scandinavia AB. Over 150 million people use the Truecaller services worldwide and in Nigeria, the service has gained users tremendously in the last few years.
The app is available for Android, iOS, Symbian, and Windows phone.
The NITDA said it was acting within the purview of Section 6(f) of the NITDA Act 2007, which empowers it to render advisory services in all information technology matters to the public and private sectors.
It would appear the Swedish company founded in 2019 by Nami Zarringhalam and Alan Mamedi has made moves to comply with Nigeria’s data privacy laws.
Truecaller is one of the go-to apps Nigerians use in identifying incoming calls from unknown numbers. There are over seven million active Nigerian users of the service.
“The Swedish company has written to us to find ways to harmonise operations and comply with the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation,” the NITDA’s boss added.