GCNet rallies support for data protection
The Ghana Community Network Services Limited (GCNet) is rallying support from corporate Ghana to partner the Data Protection Commission in the implementation of the Data Protection Act in the wake of the growing information economy and its associated opportunities and risks.
Making a presentation on the perspectives of GCNet on Data Protection during the 2017 Data Protection Conference, Deputy Manager for I.T Security, Roger Akrong, noted that such support for the Data Protection Commission was critical to consolidating the data protection and information security regimes in the country to accelerate growth.
Mr. Akrong said that corporate Ghana’s support in the implementation of the Data Protection Act is a sure recipe to creating an enabling environment for all stakeholders involved in the information economy to build a robust, vibrant I.T driven country.
He further observed that it was important for Ghana to commit to progressive regulation in data protection management since data protection has assumed a central role in the digital and information economy globally.
Mr. Akrong stressed that GCNet, as a repository of government data, was proud to have partnered the Commission over the years, adding that GCNet continues to leverage on many international certification regimes, including ISO 27001 for information security management and ISO 9000 for quality management to further ensure security standards and compliance.
Delivering the keynote address on behalf of the President, Minister for Science, Technology and Innovations, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, directed all government institutions which have not registered with the Data Protection Commission to do so immediately as part of long term initiatives by government to effectively plan the developmental agenda of the country
In her opening address, Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, underscored the impact of data protection on the growth and development of Information and Communications technologies and reiterated her ministry’s commitment to providing policy direction that creates a balance to facilitate the development and growth of ICT in Ghana.
Executive Director of the Data Protection Commission, Teki Akuetteh-Falconer, announced that her outfit would in June, this year launch the framework to serve as guideline for the implementation of the provisions as enshrined in the Data Protection Act in order to ensure compliance.