Internet Mobile data subscriptions hit over 20 million in Ghana

Ghana has seen a twenty million subscriptions of mobile data recorded in January 2017

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Twenty million subscriptions of mobile data was recorded in January 2017 with a penetration rate of 70.90 per cent says Director General of the National Communications Authority (NCA) Joe Anokye

He said this however creates more space for the work of frauds and people who indulge in cases of cybercrime as an increase in data consumers means a higher potential for cybercrime.

Mr. Anokye assured the citizenry of stringent policies and legislations to be enacted while strengthening the capabilities of security agencies and the judiciary to combat cybercrimes in the country.

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“There is actually going to be a formal training from Monday through Friday in the training of selected judges, selected BNI officials and national security officials just so that they are well prepared, to handle cybercrime.

“Just in November cabinet approved cyber security policy strategy. So now we are going from policy to implementation so it is good to have the Council of Europe here to assist us to address our challenges,” Mr Anokye said.

Mr Anokye, who is also the National Coordinator of the (GLACY+) made these statements when he was speaking at the opening of a three-day international workshop on “criminal justice, statistics on cybercrime and electronic evidence” being held in Accra, under the auspices of the GLACY+.   

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Global Action on Cybercrime Extended (GLACY+) is a joint project of the European Union and the Council of Europe that provide support to countries worldwide and the implementation of the Convention on cybercrime usually referred to as the Budapest Convention.

According to Mr Anokye, assessment of Ghana by the Council of Europe has revealed some lapses in our fight against cybercrime. These ranged from underreporting of evidence, lapses in collection and management of statistics in cybercrime among others.

He noted that our outdated and inadequate mechanisms in reporting Cyber security threats greatly hinder our potential to efficiently deal with this menace highlighting the capacity gap with regards to Cybercrime when a fraud is reported as an ideal example.  

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He also said in many of the countries there were little or no existence reporting systems on cybercrimes as in Ghana, therefore, the various law enforcement agencies and the judiciary have different ways of recording and reporting cybercrime and its electronic evidence. 

Mr Anokye encouraged stakeholders and members from other participating countries to champion initiatives such as that  of the GLACY+ to equip them to develop the appropriate systems to record and report cybercrime and cyber-enabled cases.

 

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