Northern Nigerian Breaking News

NITDA warns on mobile health Apps’ data theft, privacy infringement


The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has warned that there are increasing risks of data breaches through the mobile applications downloaded on phones, especially of mobile health applications.

Mrs Hadiza Umar, Head, Cooperate Affairs and External Relations of the Agency, said this in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja.

Umar said the data breach was discovered in recent research that revealed a large number of mobile health applications found to encourage data theft, thereby infringing on privacy.

Fidelity Bank

“The mobile health applications, mostly available on android platforms and downloaded through the google play store, handle increasingly sensitive data over unsecured Internet communications and third-party servers.

“These sensitive data collected pose security threats to users as most of these apps do not only access data but also share accessed data with third parties.

Read Also:Strike looms as FG addressed only 2 of 8 ASUU’s demands

“NITDA invites the general public to avoid downloading apps from third-party sources to prevent privacy and security risks while using mobile health applications.

“Users should examine apps before they download them to understand the level of information the app requests.

- Advertisement -

“This can be done by evaluating reviews by other app users,” Umar said.

She also warned that users should read apps’ permissions before and after installation to protect themselves from data exploitation.

According to her, cell phone users should ensure apps available for download in Nigeria should have a privacy policy, that is, be Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR)-compliant.

Read Also: Telecommunication services shut down in Katsina

She added that users could customise the settings, which would potentially restrict the amount of information disclosed to the apps.

“Users must consider downloading apps that offer better privacy protection, prohibit accessing data over unsecured Wi-Fi network or hotspot.

Read Also:Cyberattacks: NITDA cautions against hacking group masquerading as USAID

“Install firewalls and anti-virus to protect against virus, malware-base attacks and malicious application”.

She advised the public to contact the Computer Readiness and Response Team (CERRT) of the agency on;; or 08178774580 for further enquiries. (NAN)

1 Comment
  1. edibles marijuana for sale, says

    273615 926538[…]the time to read or visit the content material or websites we have linked to below the[…] 277471

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.