The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) wants Nigerians to be careful of the new terms of service introduced byÂ WhatsApp.
NITDA said Nigerians should avoid becoming victims of digital colonialism following their use of the Facebook-owned app.
This advice was contained in a statement on Monday, which read;
â€œMillions of Nigerians use WhatsApp platform for business, social, educational, and other purposes. The platform is the social media platform of choice for many Nigerians.
â€œTo understand the issues and allow explaining its views, NITDA in collaboration with the African Network of Data Protection Authorities engaged Facebook Incorporated, the owners of WhatsApp platform, specifically, its global Policy officials on April 9, 2021.
After the engagement, NITDA, as Nigeriaâ€™s data privacy regulator, wishes to advise Nigerians on how Facebookâ€™s business decision affects their privacy rights.â€
â€œUsers will now be subject to the terms and policies of Facebook and other receiving entities with or without being direct subscribers to such services.â€
NITDA further reiterated that Nigerians have other similar platforms open to them to explore beyond WhatsApp.
The agency also advised that Nigerians should limit the sharing of sensitive personal information on private messaging and social media platforms, especially since business exigency has been prioritized over privacy and security.
NITDA, therefore, advises Nigerians to explore other social platforms aside from WhatsApp so that they donâ€™t become victims of digital colonialism.