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Nana Osei Afrifa, Chief Executive Officer for Vokacom, the company that designed the National Digital Property Addressing System, Ghana Post GPS has assured the general public that the data accepted by the system is safe.
At a press conference organized by the Ministry of Communications in Accra, Friday, Mr. Afrifa noted that information collected for the System would be kept under lock and key.
While debunking assertions that the application software was vulnerable to security interference and that hackers could easily hack into the system to steal user’s bio-data for mischievous purposes, he noted that ample measures have also been put in place to forestall any data breach.
“It is not only the single hacker that we are concerned about, we are concerned about organized threats to the system as well and there are a lot of strategies that are being put in place to ensure that we get it right. There is a threat assessment that is being done constantly to check and understand if we may find ourselves in trouble not just from an individual hacker but from an organized group,” he said.
The Ghana Post GPS was launched by the government on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, to help Ghanaians or users to locate their property addresses or homes in any part of the country when one signs onto the system.
Since the launch of the software, some Ghanaians and Information Technology experts have criticised the safety of the application, alleging that persons with criminal intent could hack into the system to steal users’ information for mischievous purposes.
Others also alleged that the tendering process for awarding the contract did not go through a competitive bidding process and that VOKACOM won the bid through sole-sourcing.
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