- The Nigerian federal government has been sued by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project before the Federal Court of Justice in Abuja
- SERAP is challenging the alleged plan of the Government to monitor WhatsApp messages from Nigerians
- The group’s action followed a proposal in the state budget to allocate the sum of N4.87 billion for tracking communications from Nigerians
The presidency is in serious heat over alleged plan, WhatsApp messages, phone calls and text messages from. track, intercept and monitor Nigerians.
This came after the proposal in the Supplementary Appropriation Act, signed in July 2021, for N $ 4.87 billion for surveillance of spending private calls and messages, reports the Premium Times.
In a lawsuit against the Federation Presidency and Attorney General and Attorney General Abubakar Malami, the Socio-Eco The nomic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) argued that the proposal violated citizens’ rights to freedom of expression and privacy, The Cable added.
The lawsuit was filed in the Federal High Court on Friday October 15, on behalf of SERAP through its lawyers Kolawole Oluwadare and Kehinde Oyewumi.
This frowned, noting that SERAP was taking the step to monitor the online interactions of Nigerians become government agencies Grant free access to mass surveillance of human communications.
Part of the lawsuit read:
“The mere threat of mass surveillance, even if it’s secret , combined with the lack of redress, can constitute an encroachment on human rights, including the right to privacy, freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association.
“Privacy and expression are closely intertwined in the digital age in which online privacy as a means of securely exercising freedom of opinion and expression. Therefore, surveillance objectives would encroach on their rights to privacy and freedom of expression and expression, regardless of whether the surveillance efforts are successful or not Arbitrary, improper or unlawful monitoring of communications can also be used to attack political figures and activists, journalists and others while they are doing their legitimate activities. “
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Meanwhile, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook Inc, announced on Thursday October 14th a new feature to secure WhatsApp chats; End-to-end encrypted backups.
Zuckerberg posted on Facebook:
“End-to-end encrypted backups for WhatsApp start today with the Rollout. Proud of the team for the continued leadership to ensure the security of your private conversations. “