Data Localization: The Effects on Cloud Adoption in Nigeria

11 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2017 Last revised: 17 Oct 2018

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Daniel Nwosu

University of Lagos, Faculty of Law, Students

Date Written: November 5, 2017


A major concern of government agencies, service providers, and in fact, businesses in general, is the flow of information, the storage of relevant data and the ease of access to such data. Information is relied on policy making, data analysis, daily operations and the finding of solution to all forms of problems. Many firms and business organizations have resulted to the use of basic hard drives, file-rooms, and in some extreme cases, the requisition of entire floors of office real-estate for the storage of their data. An obvious ripple effect of this is the employment of an inordinate amount of work-force to oversee the storage of such data and this would in turn lead to an increase in company expenditure. Therein lies the concept of this paper.

This paper attempts a discharge of the burden of data storage by adopting an analytical approach. The principle of data localization will be discussed, with emphasis on Nigeria’s legal position on the topic, and will be followed by an insight into explicit data localization requirements, after which the effects of data localization will be analyzed with a focus on data privacy. This will be followed by the problems of storing data locally in Nigeria, thus ending the discussion on data localization. Cloud Storage is introduced and discussed next, with emphasis on its benefits. Rounding up the article will be the question of data localization as a hindrance to cloud adoption.

Keywords: Data Localization, Cloud Adoption, Nigeria, Privacy, Effects of data localization in data privacy

Suggested Citation

Nwosu, Daniel, Data Localization: The Effects on Cloud Adoption in Nigeria (November 5, 2017). Available at SSRN: or

Daniel Nwosu (Contact Author)

University of Lagos, Faculty of Law, Students ( email )

08176119679 (Phone)

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