Data Commission begins registration of data processors

Data Commission begins registration of data processors

The Data Processing Commission of Ghana (DPCG) has commenced the registration of existing data controllers and processors in the country.

The registration is aimed at creating a database of details of all institutions receiving the data of individuals living in the country.

A press release from the commission said the registration, which started on May 1, will end on June 30.

“The registration is in line with the Data Protection Act, 2012 (Act 843),” the release said.

Once registered, the release said, the database of all data processors and controllers would then be uploaded onto the commission’s website for easy access by the general public.

“This is in line with the commitment to ensuring openness and transparency in data handling,” it said.

The release reminded the general public that those giving out their personal information was doing so at their own risk, especially if their information was given to an institution or individual that was not registered with the commission. 

“A person who fails to register as a data controller but processes personal information commits an offence under the Data Protection Act, 2012 (Act 843), and will be liable to prosecution by the commission,” the release said.

The DPCG was established in 2012 as a public institution with oversight on the institutions that collect, process and/or manage data in the country.

Its key functions currently include implementation and monitoring to ensure compliance with the provisions of Act 843, investigation of complaints and making determinations as per the law as well as the maintenance of a Data Protection Register. 

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