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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.

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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.

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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||Adwoa Gyasiwaa Agyeman