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BREAKING: FCCPC fines Meta platforms $220m over ‘discriminatory practices’ in Nigeria

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BREAKING: FCCPC fines Meta platforms $220m over ‘discriminatory practices’ in Nigeria

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission(FCCPC) has imposed a $220,000,000 penalty against Meta Platforms Incorporated over alleged discriminatory practices against Nigerian data and consumers.  

This was disclosed on Friday in a statement signed by Dr. Adamu Abdullahi, Acting Chief Executive Officer, FCCPC.  

The penalty follows a joint investigation by the Commission, and the Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC) into Meta platforms’ conduct, privacy policies, the operation thereof, and practices between May 2021 and December 2023, and over this period of 38 months.  

FCCPC’s investigation of Meta 

According to the statement,  on May 2021, the Commission had directed  WhatsApp LLC and Meta Platforms, Inc. (formerly called Facebook Inc.) to defend themselves regarding its investigative report which detailed how their conduct allegedly violated relevant data laws.  

Meta was said to have provided some information in response to the requests and summons under the joint investigation. 

Meta Parties by themselves, and retained counsels have also repeatedly engaged with, and met with investigators and analysts from the Commission, and the NDPC, including as recently as April 4, 2024,” the statement added.  

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The Commission disclosed that the totality of the investigation has now concluded that Meta platforms over a protracted period of time have engaged in conduct that constitutes continuing infringements of the FCCPA and NDPR, “particularly, but not limited to abusive, and invasive practices against data subjects/consumers in Nigeria, such as appropriating personal data or information without consent, discriminatory practices against Nigerian data subjects/consumers or disparate treatment of consumers/data subjects compared with other jurisdictions with similar regulatory frameworks, abuse of dominant market position by forcing unscrupulous, exploitative, and non-compliant privacy policies which appropriated consumer personal information without the option or opportunity to self-determine or otherwise withhold or provide consent to the gathering, use, and/or sharing of such personal data.” 

FCCPC stated that being satisfied with the evidence on the record and that Meta Parties have been provided with every opportunity to articulate any position, representations, refutations, explanations or defences of their conduct and practices under law, the Commission has now entered a final Order and issued a penalty against Meta Parties including $220,000,000 fine.  

The final order highlighted Meta’s alleged infringements to include, denying Nigerian data subjects the right to self-determine; unauthorized transfer and sharing of Nigerian data-subjects personal data, including cross-border storage in violation of then, and now prevailing law; discrimination and disparate treatment and abuse of Dominance.  

The statement partly reads,  

The Final Order of the Commission mandates steps and actions Meta Parties must take to comply with prevailing law and cease the exploitation of Nigerian consumers and their market abuse, as well as desist from future similar or other conduct/practices that do not meet nationally applicable standards and undermine the rights of consumers. 

“The Final order also imposes a monetary penalty of Two Hundred and Twenty Million U.S. Dollars only ($220,000,000.00) (at prevailing exchange rate where applicable) which penalty is in accordance with the FCCPA 2018, and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection (Administrative Penalties) Regulations 2020 (APR).” 

The Commission stated that it remains committed to its respective mandates to protect the privacy of Nigerians under the Constitution and all data protection laws and regulations, as well as to ensure that consumer rights are respected, and the markets operate in a fair and transparent manner.  

BREAKING: FCCPC fines Meta platforms $220m over ‘discriminatory practices’ in Nigeria

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Ndume defends outburst against Tinubu, says ‘I stand by statements’

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Ndume defends outburst against Tinubu, says ‘I stand by statements’

Senator Ali Ndume has spoken out about his removal as Senate Chief Whip, stating that he believes his actions did not justify his dismissal.

He was ousted from his position after criticizing President Bola Tinubu’s administration and its handling of national issues.

About two days after the decision, the lawmaker said he has also declined the chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Tourism, arguing that he lacks the experience and exposure to lead such a sensitive group.

The Borno South lawmaker said this in his country home of Maiduguri on Friday about 48 hours after he was removed as the Senate Chief Whip.

Ndume said that he never wanted to be a senate whip after serving as the leader in the eight Senate.

“I did not say anything wrong. And therefore I want to state that I stand by all my statements in the interview I granted,” the senator insisted.

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The lawmaker said he was given the chance to choose which committee to serve as the vice chairman having successfully led the campaigns that brought about the emergence of Godwill Akpabio as president of the Senate.

“Secondly, the party that recommended to the Senate that I should be removed from being the chief whip of the Senate, I take that as an act of God because if it is God who gave me that position. It is God that took it through APC. So, I bear no grudges about that,” Ndume said.

“After all, I did not contest to be the chief whip. I did not contest to be the vice chairman of the appropriation committee. I contested to be the se one of the Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and God granted me that victory and I’m happy with God, what God has given to me.”

On the charge to resign from the All Progressives Congress (APC), the senator said he is a founding member of the party.

According to him, he was one of the twenty-two senators from the PDP that formed the APC when the current national chairman of the party Abdullahi Ganduje was a deputy governor in Kano State.

He, however, stated that when former President Muhammadu Buhari in the company of President Bola Tinubu ordered him to sign a document to join APC at the Imo House in Abuja, he informed his people before going public as such, he would consult his people before deciding on whether to leave the APC or not.

Senator Ndume said he could not speak up immediately after his sack because he was mourning the death of a family member.

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Kano govt gives reinstated Emir of Gaya appointment letter

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Kano govt gives reinstated Emir of Gaya appointment letter

The Kano state government has said that Alhaji Aliyu Abdulkadir Gaya has received his appointment letter to serve as the new Emir of Gaya Emirate.

This was contained in a statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa on Friday.

The Emir is the only one among the five deposed emirs to be reinstated by the Executive Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf.

The new emirs are Alhaji Muhammad Mahraz Karaye, Emir of Karaye; Alhaji Muhammad Isa Umar, Emir of Rano; and Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim Abdulkadir Gaya, Emir of Gaya.

The governor had congratulated the new emirs and urged them to promote culture, peace, and unity in their respective emirates.

This follows the assent of a new law by the Kano State House of Assembly, which allows for the creation of three second-class emirs of Gaya, Rano, and Karaye.

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A statement issued by the Governor’s spokesperson, Sanusi Bature Dawakin Tofa, noted that the reinstatement of HRH Aliyu Ibrahim was based on merit and his commitment to serve the people of the Gaya Emirate, which comprises Gaya, Ajingi, and Albasu Local Government Areas.

“You may recall that the Emir of Gaya was the only one who accepted the will of Almighty Allah at the time when the five emirates were dissolved and all emirs deposed,” the statement read.

The Emir of Gaya arrived at the Kano Government House accompanied by all the kingmakers and other titleholders of the emirate.

The Kano House of Assembly repealed the law used by Abdullahi Ganduje, former governor of the state, to depose Sanusi in 2020 and divide

The repeal paved the way for the reinstatement of Sanusi and the dethronement of Bayero.

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