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Interior Ministry denies social media surveillance of Ghanaians

BY: Mohammed Ali

The Ministry of the Interior has denied social media publications alleging government monitoring of phone calls and social media activities of Ghanaians.

This was in response to a message warning Ghanaians to be mindful of their social media activities and other forms of communication as the government begins a surveillance programme to monitor all communication platforms.

A statement signed by Mrs Adelaide Anno-Kumi, the Chief Director at the Interior Ministry described the reports as false and asked the general public to disregard the information.

Many social media users Monday shared the 'false' publications, questioning if they held any truth whatsoever. It is unclear what the origins of the allegations are except to quote posit that the Interior Ministry was issuing the new one paragraph notice. 

Ministry of Interior Regulation

“From tomorrow onwards there are new communication regulations. All calls are recorded. All phone call recordings saved Whatsapp is monitored Twitter is monitored Facebook is monitored All social media and forums are monitored Inform those who do not know. Your devices are connected to ministry systems. Take care not to send unnecessary messages. Inform your children about this and to take care."

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The Interior Ministry's statement said the ministry was not placing any surveillance or regulations to monitor activities of social media users.

"The Ministry wishes to assure the general public that, no one’s communication device, be it mobile hand device, Personal Computer etc. is connected to any system at the Ministry of the Interior."

“In as much as the safety, peace, and security of citizens is our primary concern, we will not do anything tantamount to the invasion of the privacy of citizenry and an affront on the respect of the fundamental human rights of the citizenry”, the statement added.