NIMC Denounces Allegations Of Data Breach

……. Warns Against Sharing Data With Phishing Sites

The National Identity Management Commission (“NIMC” or the “Commission”) has debunked reports of the exposure of sensitive data of Nigerian citizens by the Commission and other data-collecting agencies.

The Commission in a statement issued by its Head Corporate Communications, Kayode Adekoge gave assurance that the data of Nigerians has not been compromised, and the Commission has not authorised any website or entity to sell or misuse the National Identification Number (NIN) amongst all the identities stated in the report.

The statement read in part: “The following websites: idfinder.com.ng; Verify. Ng/sign in, championtech.com.ng, trustyonline.com, and anyverify.com are data harvesters not authorised by NIMC to access or manage sensitive data. NIMC urges the public to disregard any claims or services these
websites offer and should not give their data as they are potentially fraudulent and data
provided by the public on such websites are gathered and stored to build the data
services they illegally provide.

“Consequently, the public should know that the Commission has taken robust measures to
safeguard the nation’s database from cyber threats- a secure, world-class, full-proof
database is in place. The commission’s infrastructure meets the stringent ISO 27001:2013
Information Security Management System Standard, with annual recertification and strict
compliance with the Nigerian Data Protection Law. Furthermore, NIMC advises Nigerians to avoid giving their data to unauthorised and phishing sites”.

” This poses the danger of data harvesting and comprises individual data. The Commission reaffirms its commitment to upholding ethical standards in data
protection in line with federal government directives and data privacy regulations. Moreover, licensed partners or vendors are not authorised to scan or store NIN slips but to
verify NINs through approved channels. The Commission is currently working closely with security operatives to apprehend these elements masquerading as online vendors, and they will be made to face the full wrath of the law. NIMC urges the public to remain vigilant against false information and rely on verified sources for accurate updates”, the statement further read.

sources for accurate updates. The Commission remains committed to providing secure
and reliable identity management and upholding the highest level of security for systems
and databases, which are critical national assets. Signed:

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