Protect Data: It is the new oil – Ama Poma Boateng

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Climax of Data Protection and Privacy week celebration
Climax of Data Protection and Privacy week celebration

Deputy Minister of Communication and Digitalisation, Honourable Ama Pomaa Boateng, has said, institutions have the mandate to ensure that the bulk data they collect must be safe.

Indicating that, data is key to the digitization of the economy, therefore, it is a fundamental right of the people and needs to be protected.

She disclosed that, Ghana’s progress in data protection is greatly admired in the African region, therefore government is more dedicated to digitalization agenda.

The Deputy Minister, was speaking on behalf of the Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, at the climax of the Data Protection and Privacy Week celebration in Accra, on Friday 28th January, 2022.

The Deputy Minister emphasized that, “while we maximize the benefits of our data driven economy, DPC will ensure that risks are mitigated to increase legitimacy and public trust.

It is very critical since technology is evolving and new trends are being introduced all the time. We have to update our technologies as well. I believe the regulation will help in ensuring that people become aware of what to do or not.

The commission may also need to do some sensitisation for the citizens to be aware of the existing rules and regulations along the line.”

The Executive Director of the Data Protection Commission (DPC), Patricia Adusei-Poku, in her speech disclosed that, Africa has realized that there is value in data thus the commission is committed to safeguarding the digital space of the country.

Madam Adusei-Poku, therefore entreated all businesses to register and obtain a license or face sanctions. Stressing that, these efforts are to ensure that businesses that collect and handle bulk data routinely to do their business will have no other choice than to adhere strictly to the laid down rules and regulations regarding the storage, use and protection of peoples’ data.

She posited there is the need for practical actions on improving data protection especially with the current wave of digitalization across every facet of the economy.

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