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Nigerian orgs pay for data privacy violation
In today’s episode of costly lessons, 100 banks and institutions in Nigeria have paid over ₦200 million ($289,885) as penalties for violating the data privacy of Nigerian citizens, per The Nation.
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Data privacy violation? The Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC) didn’t name the institutions involved. However, it did disclose that the violations included banks wrongly capturing customers’ data, resulting in customers being unable to access funds or experiencing unauthorised deductions from their accounts. Some others like universities and insurance companies were also found guilty of enabling data breaches details of which the NDPC didn’t specify.
There’s more. The NDPC has also urged every institution to get a data protection officer who will prevent future breaches or risk getting penalised according to the country’s new data protection law.
What new law? Nigeria’s president, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has signed the Data Protection Bill 2023 into law. The bill provides a legal shield for personal data of Nigerians online and offline. It will also provide guardrails regulating how personal data is processed.
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25 African startups receive $4 million in Google grants
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Google is granting equity-free funds to startups in Europe and Africa through its Black Founders Fund (BFF).
This year’s cohort showcases remarkable diversity, with 25 out of 40 startups originating from Africa, and an impressive 72% of them being led or co-founded by women.
What is the BFF? The BFF provides cash awards—without giving up equity in return—and hands-on support to help Black entrepreneurs to build and grow their businesses in the US.
Google’s BFF grants 25 African startups $4 million in funding and support. Each startup will receive up to $150,000 cash, $200,000 Google Cloud credits, mentorship, and valuable connections.
Who’s in BFF: Nigeria leads with 10 grantees, Kenya with five and South Africa with three. Ghana, Uganda, Côte d’Ivoire, Rwanda, and Senegal each have one grant recipient, completing the list. Herconomy,Tushop, Excel At Uni, and TruQ are a few of the selected startups. See the full list here.
The funding will enable companies to expand, create jobs, and seize new business opportunities.
Pesapal appeals $561,500 tax case with the KRA
Pesapal has lost to the taxman, but it isn’t ready to give up.
Kenyan payment company Pesapal will appeal a Kenyan court ruling that says that the company owes Ksh46,598,267 ($332,488) and Ksh32,329,913 ($230,680) in taxes and penalties.
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Why? Pesapal is saying that it doesn’t owe the Kenya Revenue Authority such money. In the high court, Pesapal may argue that its services are distinct from that of traditional financial institutions and that its services fall within the scope of services exempt from VAT.
Is this true? The VAT Act clearly defines what constitutes financial services. Whether Pesapay’s payment services align with the parameters established by the VAT law remains to be seen and will be determined at the high court. So keep your eyes peeled, as we’ll bring you the news as soon as it lands.
Indefinite strike looms for Nigerian Uber and Bolt drivers
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Yesterday, e-hailing drivers in Nigeria announced that they could be driving off into the sunset soon.
The Amalgamated Union of App-Based Transport Workers of Nigeria (AUATWON) threatened an indefinite strike as a result of the app-based companies’ failure to negotiate and comply with its demands.
What are the demands? The drivers have requested a reduction in the companies’ 20% commission, along with a minimum 200% fare increase by ride-hailing companies. They are also demanding an end to driver deactivation when refusing to work due to low fares and unprofitability. Additionally, the union aims to gain recognition of AUATWON as the representative body for their interests.
ICYMI: On June 7, ride-hailing drivers in Nigeria began a warning strike due to a dissatisfaction with Bolt and Uber’s insufficient response to the hike in fuel prices within the country. Following the strike, a seven-working-day ultimatum was issued to suspend the strike and allow for dialogue between both parties, but all efforts to reach an agreement proved abortive.
Yesterday, the seven-working-day ultimatum expired.
Zoom out: According to sources from the AUATWON, the Ministry of Labour and Employment, labour representatives and ride-hailing companies made a commitment to meet and involve drivers in meaningful engagement yesterday. However, the meeting never happened and it was postponed till June 26. The chairman of the media and publicity committee of the union, Jossy Olawale, says that the result of the meeting will determine their next line of action.
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