The Vice President,
He said the ongoing
In a speech read of his behalf at the opening of the first Africa Region Data Protection and Privacy International Conference in Accra yesterday, he said it was inadequate that less than 15 African countries had data protection laws.
About 1,000 data protection experts on the continent and beyond have gathered in Accra for the five-day conference, on the theme “A conference in Africa, by African Authorities, focused on Africa”.
They have, since Monday, been deliberating on contemporary national and global issues in the data protection sector and promoting the enactment of Data Protection and Privacy Laws in all African countries.
It is being organised by the Ministry of Communications through the Data Protection Commission (DPC) and
He said it was crucial for them to do
so because data had become the bedrock of the rapidly changing world as well as
the key to the sustainable development of every country.
Highlighting the progress Ghana was making in data protection, he said
Additionally, Dr Bawumia said the
country was preparing to assent to the recently modernised “Council of Europe’s
108+” document on data protection that currently has only four African
countries acceding to it.
In order for Africa to maximise the
opportunities that come with digital economy and minimise its threats including
abuse of personal data, he rallied the continent to put premium on data
The United Nations Rapporteur on
Right to privacy, Prof. Joe Cannataci said data protection required serious
attention because it bordered on people’s rights to privacy and freedom.
To this end, he offered to help
countries to pass the laws or review existing ones to help the continent
strengthen its data protection regime and protect rights to privacy of their
The Minister of Communication, Mrs
Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, in a speech read on her behalf, called on all stakeholders
to collaborate and surmount emerging challenges in data protection.
For Executive Director of DPC and Vice President ADPA, Ms
Patricia Adusei-Poku every country owed it a duty to its residents, to uphold
their security and ensure their personal data do not fall into the wrong
BY JONATHAN DONKOR AND DEBORAH ASUMA
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