Paradigm Initiative (PIN) has stated that the Code of Practice for Interactive Computer Service Platforms/Internet Intermediaries and Conditions for Operating in Nigeria is a weapon for the abuse of constitutionally protected rights of Nigerian individuals.
PIN in a press statement believes that all stakeholders in Nigeria’s digital domain should critically evaluate the draft issued by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), to eradicate every form of human rights abuse.
The statement read in part, “The code of practice and its impending implementation goes to the essence of digital rights and freedom for all, and we are mindful of the dangers inherent in the shutting down of digital civic space in Nigeria, the body stated in a notice to all parties.
“This is why, in collaboration with others, we’ve been pushing back against this trend across Africa, ensuring that human rights considerations are factored into the development and implementation of digital policy.
“The recently disclosed draft code of practice could be used to exploit Nigerian citizens’ constitutionally granted rights.”
The group also noted that it is important that all civil society stakeholders coordinate input and give feedback to the draft regulation.