Data Protection Agency expresses concern over EC’s publication of voters’ details

The Data Protection Agency (DPA) has expressed concerns over the Electoral Commission’s publication of voters’ details ahead of the December 7 polls.

In an interview with the Director-General of the DPA, Ms. Patricia Adusei-Poku, she noted that the private information of voters’ circulating on various platforms was a cause for worry.

She added that her outfit will commence investigations into the publication of voters’ details by the EC.

“We are all concerned. We won’t be trying to establish the fact if it wasn’t a worry so we are all concerned about the information that is out there. We want to establish the fact of the case; how was it transferred, why was it out there, was there a legal mandate, was the process secure. All of these are questions that need to be addressed” she said.

Further speaking, Ms. Patricia Adusei-Poku stated that the Data Protection Agency will hold a crunch meeting the Electoral Commission to begin discussions on how the electoral management body will handle the data of registered voters.

Meanwhile, Policy think tank, Strategic Thinkers Network (STRANEK) has also asked the Data Protection Agency to call the EC to order following the publication of private data of Ghanaian electorates.

STRANEK argues that the EC’s decision to publish personal information of voters ahead of the polls was in contravention to sections 17 and 18 of the Data Protection Act, 2012 (Act 843).

In a statement signed by the Executive Director of STRANEK, Nii Tettey Tetteh, it questioned why the EC mishandled personal details of voters in such a crucial moment in the country’s history.

“Could the Electoral Commission not have created a link to a database that allows Ghanaians to check their voter’s identity number rather than dumping all the data of voters on Google drive?” the statement read in part

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