Get to Know What We Do

Our role is to uphold information rights in the public interest. Find out more about our work and the legislation we cover.

The Data Protection Act 2012 established the Data Protection Commission (DPC) to protect the privacy of the individual and personal data. The DPC’s statutory powers, functions and duties derive from the Data Protection Act 2012 (Act 843) and the Constitution of Ghana 1992.

Using its statutory powers the Data Protection Commission:

  • Raises awareness of data protection as a fundamental human right amongst members of the public

  • Supports Data Controllers to comply with data protection legislation and implement appropriate policies, procedures and processes.

  • Keeps and maintains an up to date register of Data Controllers

  • Examines complaints from the public with regards to alleged infringements of the data protection law

  • Conducts investigations into complaints under the Act, determine it in a manner the Commission considers fair and take enforcement action where necessary

  • Delivers Privacy Practitioner training and supports the establishment and operationalisation of the National Privacy Practitioner Association

  • Provides thought leadership, African representation and cooperation with the international data protection community

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.