Unity Bank

A popular bank in Nigeria ‘ Unity Bank ‘ is in trouble over unauthorized exposure of 53000 job seekers data.

GoldenNewsNg gathered that  that the Digital Rights Lawyers Initiative have commenced a data protection action at the Federal High Court against Unity Bank for personal data breach following the unauthorized exposure of over 53,000 job seekers on Unity Bank’s job portal.

In Suit No. FHC/AB/CS/85/2020, filed on Friday, August 28, 2020, the Applicant sought: “1. A DECLARATION that the Respondent’s privacy policy on its website – https://www.unitybankng.com/privacy” violates the provision of regulation 2.5 of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation 2019.

1. A DECLARATION that the Respondent’s unauthorized exposure of personal data of data subjects on the Internet constitutes a personal data breach under regulation 1.3(xx11) of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation 2019.

“2. A DECLARATION that the Respondent’s unauthorized exposure of personal data of data subjects on the Internet constitutes violation of the data subjects’ right to privacy guaranteed by section 37 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (As Amended).

“3. A DECLARATION that, by virtue of regulation 2.10(a) of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation 2019, the Respondent is liable to a fine of N10, 000, 000.

“4. AN ORDER mandating the Respondent pay the sum of N10, 000, 000 (Ten million Naira only), to the account of the Federal Republic of Nigeria through the remita platform within seven days of delivery of judgement in this suit.

“5. PERPETUAL INJUNCTION restraining Respondent, its officers, agents and/or data processors from further interfering with the privacy rights of its data subject.”

Following the report, Unity Bank has reassured their customers of their Data Protection

The Bank made a post assuring customers and the general public of their data protection on the micro-blogging site, Twitter.

 

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