The Data Protection Commission has revoked the license of Bysystem Limited, the software development company which bought data from the Electoral Commission (EC) for alleged onward sale.
Executive Director of the Data Protection Commission, Patricia Odusei-Poku revealed this on Fabewoso, the anti-corruption segment on Adom FM’s morning show, Dwaso Nsem Monday.
A special audit carried out by the Auditor-General on the EC has revealed the Commission sold voters’ data to the Accra-based software development company, Bysystem Ltd.
According to the 2018 audit, Bysystem Ltd, bought the data from the EC and further sold them to financial service providers for a fee but failed to remit the 20 percent of the commission due to the EC.
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The audit report also found fault with a lack of contractual agreement to cover the deal between the EC and Bysystem Ltd in breach of procurement laws.
Reacting to this issue, Mrs Odusei-Poku said her outfit had instituted investigations into the matter, adding that the EC and the software company were cooperating with them.
She noted that the decision to hand over voters’ data to a private company at a fee without the consent of the voters may be a breach of public trust.
The Data Protection boss said all stakeholders in the alleged breach will be assessed and audited.
Source: Ghana|Adomonline.com|Adwoa Gyasiwaa Agyeman