The Federal government has accused the Lagos State government of displaying tax information of Lagosians publicly in contravention of extant laws.
The public display of tax payers information irked the Federal government which swiftly responded through its agency, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) warning Lagos State government through the agency handling such data that even though it has pulled the data, it’s not insulated from criminal litigation or anything that may arise.
In a press statement released on Friday, NITDA said it “reliably informed and duly ascertained that” the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) published “a web portal – https://t.co/gpLxOjgIjE – where personal information of tax payers of Lagos State was gleaned by the general public in breach of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), 2019.”
It however acknowledged that while “LIRS has indicated that public access to the portal was a glitch from a consultant of the Service and that the portal has been duly disabled,” the agency is still culpable from anything legal action that may arise.
“We warn that glitches of this kind do not insulate LIRS from responsibility or culpability from whatever actions, civil or criminal, that may arise from such glitch, as personal and confidential information of data subjects were made available to the public illegally.
“We stress that such glitches are in breach of the NDPR and invariably the National Information Technology Development Agency Act 2007.
“The Agency will further investigate this breach and the circumstances surrounding it with the aim of assessing the impact of the breach as well as determine responsibility and culpability of data controllers or processors connected to the breach and prevent future occurrence.
“We also advise the public to be vigilant and to report immediately to NITDA or other law enforcement agencies if they notice that the information of any data subject on the LIRS database is further disclosed or used in any manner in violation of the NDPR.
“We enjoin all parties to cooperate with NITDA as we seek to protect the personal and confidential information of Nigerian Citizens from misuse and abuse.”