My right to privacy (Introduction)

  • Introduction

Privacy as a concept appears to encompass at least two different but related aspects. First it relates to the right of individuals to determine how much or what information about them is to be revealed to others. Second, it relates to the idea of autonomy, the freedom of individuals to perform or not perform certain acts or subject themselves to certain experiences.[1]

Section 37 of the 1999 Constitution provides;


The privacy of citizens, their homes, correspondence, telephone communications and telegraphic communications is hereby guaranteed and protected.


Aside citizens of Nigeria who are guaranteed the various aspects of rights listed above, Non-Nigerians residing lawfully in Nigeria can also claim protection but would have better claim under international and regional instruments (Conventions/Charters).

[1] Johnny H. Killian & Leland E. Beck, The Constitution of the United States of America, Analysis and Interpretation (United States Government Printing Office, Washington 1981) p. 1583-3