WHO ARE WE
The Data Protection Commission (DPC) is an independent statutory body established under the Data Protection Act, 2012 (Act 843) to protect the privacy of the individual and personal data by regulating the processing of personal information. The Commission provides for the process to obtain, hold, use or disclose personal information and for other related issues bordering on the protection of personal data. The Commission is given several powers under the Act including the power to acquire property under the State Property and Contracts Act, 1960 (C.A.6) or the State Lands Act, 1962 (Act 125). On the coming into force of the Act in October 2012, the Ministry of Communications (MoC) inaugurated its governing body in November 2012. The Commission has since been working assiduously to ensure implementation of the Act.
To protect the privacy of the individual and personal data by regulating the processing of personal information.
To be recognised by all stakeholders as an independent, efficient and effective data protection regulator in the country and Africa.
- Establish an independent, operational and sustainable Data Protection Commission;
- To make Ghana the leading example for Data Protection in Africa;
- Increase the number of data protection responsive organisations who collect and use personal information, and
- Increase individuals’ awareness of data protection rights and empower them to assert their data protection rights.
WHAT ARE OUR OBJECTIVES?
- To protect the privacy of the individual and personal data by regulating the processing of personal information;
- To provide the process to obtain, hold, use or disclose personal information.
The Commission’s main functions as set out under section 3 of Act 843 are as follows:
- Implement and monitor compliance with the provisions of this Act;
- Make the administrative arrangements it considers appropriate for the discharge of its duties;
- Investigate any complaint under this Act and determine it in the manner the Commission considers fair; and
- Keep and maintain the Data Protection Register.