The National Identity Management Commission on Wednesday said it would commence implementation of tokenization of the National Identity Number (NIN) by January 1, 2022, to protect holders’ identity during verification processes.
Director-General, NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, said this in Abuja at a one-day stakeholders’ workshop on NIN Tokenization Solution.
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“The Federal Government has adopted the solution to ensure the privacy of personal identifiable information of individuals during verification transactions and to reduce incidences of illegal retrieval, usage, transfer, and storage of NIN,” he said.
He said the tokenization solution is a feature of the NIN Verification Service (NVS) aimed at providing enhanced data protection for the personal information of persons registered into the National Identity Data Base and issued a NIN.
He said: “The resources for the protection of this sensitive data include the Improved NIN Slip, USerID, MobileID, NIN hashing and the issuance of a unique virtual NIN by the ID holder to anyone who wishes to verify their identity.
“The purpose of the NIN Tokenization is to provide a coded representation (‘pseudonymization’) of the actual NIN for which another party verifying the identity of the registered person cannot retain and use in a way that puts the individual’s data privacy at risk.”