Edward Omane Boamah
Dr. Edward Omane Boamah

At the opening of a two-day Data Protection conference organized by the Data Protection Commission on Thursday, Minister for Communications Edward Omane Boamah stressed there is the need to promote the rights of individuals to process data, and the obligation to use such data responsibly.

Edward Omane Boamah
Dr. Edward Omane Boamah

“Today, computers, web applications, mobile applications, software among others all seek to promote efficient service, higher productivity and data convenience, by reducing the gap in both space and time and bring the world closer,” he observed.

The minister however lamented the misuse of information and communication technologies by antisocial elements in furtherance of their illegal activities.

“To this set of people, I say their days are numbered if they do not change their modus operandi. The data protection Act guarantees specific rights and obligations in the processing of one’s information in order to protect the sacred Precinct of personal life and dignity in the information age,” the minister warned.

According to him, the government will continue to pursue policies and programs that guarantee integrity, and confidence in the growth in the use and development of ICT for economic growth.

Executive Director of the Data Protection Commission, Teki Akuetteh Falconer also underscored the importance of data protection especially as Ghana has been receiving international recognition and collaboration for starting up on the journey to protect personal data.

“Data protection is a global issue and looking into the nature of developments around the world, such recognition and collaboration is necessary for efficient enforcement and protection of individuals who enjoy this fundamental right to privacy. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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