In a bid to regulate internet access and services in the country, the Nigerian Commission (NCC) has said that it has concluded plans to establish internet industry code of practice.
This was made known by the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, at a Stakeholders’ Consultation Forum on the Establishment of Internet Industry Code of Practice at the weekend in Abuja.
Danbatta, who was represented by Mrs Yetunde Akinloye, the Director Legal Regulatory Services (NCC) said that the code would clearly define the rights and obligations of internet access service providers adding that it would also put measures in place to safeguard and protect minors, vulnerable audiences and consumers as a whole.
Danbatta said that the establishment of the code was conceived to ensure safety, security and to harness the benefits of the internet for good governance and better user experience.
He said that the Sub-Saharan Africa had lost between seven and 20 per cent of its GDP to cyber crimes as stated by internet society, adding that it was very vital to intensify efforts to secure the country against imminent threats.
He said that NCC also considered other factors including but not limited to online child protection, privacy and data protection, objectionable content and traffic management practices.
“The global perspective is that the internet be open and unregulated creativity and internet access. Propositions are for either self-regulation or government regulation in repressive economies.
“However, both have their advantages and disadvantages. Thus, the drive for a co-regulatory practice as it relates to the internet in Nigeria.
“Consequently, the NCC in accordance with its mandate to regulate the communications sector in Nigeria as expressed in the Nigerian Communication Act 2003 sets out to establish Internet Code of Practice”, he said.
Source: The Authority