The Data Protection Commission of Ghana has cited over 177 institutions for flouting Data Protection Act (2012).

Out of the total number of institutions defaulting this act, over 25 of them are airlines.

According to the Data Protection Act, all entities (public and private, local and international), consultants and individuals who collect, hold and use personal data in Ghana are to register with the Data Protection Commission.

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The data protection authority has however advised these flouting institutions to comply with the directive to prevent any legal action.In a press release available to Pulse.com.gh, the commission expressed disappointment at the institutions “who perform functions as data controllers in violation of the requirement to register in accordance with Section 27 (1) of the Data Protection Act, 2012 (Act 843).The commission indicated that in order to protect the interest of the public, it will have no choice “but to commence the prosecution of the offending institutions and the publication of their names to prevent reckless misapplication, use and abuse of personal data”.

The list released is the first in a series of publications that the commission will be undertaking.

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According to the Commission, it will publish more names of offending institutions in the future prior to prosecution.

“We are advising offending institutions to as a matter of urgency to register now to avoid prosecution” said the Data Protection Commission.

The general public has also been cautioned against providing their personal information to such institutions since it increases the dangers associated with the unlawful processing of their personal data which includes sale of their information (such as credit card details, residential address, phone numbers, etc) to third parties for criminal and fraudulent purposes, lack of access or control over their information and identity theft.

Here is a list of the institutions

The institutions are:AIRLINES 1. Arik Air2. Royal Air Maroc3. Goldstar Airlines4. Starbow Airlines5. Antrak Airlines6. Air Namibia7. Lufthansa Airlines8. Iberia Airlines9. Tap Portugal Airlines10. British Airways11. Afriqiyah Airlines12. Britannia Airways13. Ghana International Airlines Limited14. Citylink Airline15. Falcon Express16. Alitalia17. Air Burkina18. Aero Contractors19. Mk Airlines20. Tropicana21. Aerogem Aviation22. Africa West Cargo23. Cargolux24. Air Ghana25. Das Air Cargo