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Ghana Data Protection Act 2012 establishes a comprehensive set of provisions governing the collection, processing, use, and protection of personal data by the data controller or data processor. Ghana’s DPA 2012 applies to organizations that process Ghana’s residents’ personal data across the region and beyond.

The Data Protection Act, 2012, came into effect in October 2012.

The solution

Securiti helps organizations ensure compliance with Ghana’s Data Protection Act (DPA) 2012 with its AI-driven data discovery, DSR automation, DPA readiness automation, data breach management, and vendor risk assessment.

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Securiti supports enterprises in their journey towards compliance with Ghana’s DPA 2012 through automation, enhanced data visibility, and identity linking.

See how our comprehensive PrivacyOps platform helps you comply with various sections of Ghanas’ Data Protection Act.


 

Customize a data subject rights request portal for seamless customer care

 

Create customized web forms according to your brand image with the DSR request format and accept verified data subject rights requests. Automate the initiation of fulfillment workflows when verified requests are received.

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dsr handling

Automate data subject request handling

Sections 32, 35

Data subjects need to be notified about their data privacy rights, and organizations are required to simplify the initiation of verified DSR requests. Automating the delivery and generation of secure data access reports will significantly reduce the risk of compliance violations and reduce the workforce required to comply with all the requests.

Secure fulfillment of data access

Sections 32, 35

Disclosure of information to the data subjects within a limited time frame of receiving a verifiable data request is a must for any organization looking to comply. This will be free of charge and delivered through a secure, centralized portal.

data access request
data rectify request

Automate the processing of rectification requests

Sections 33, 34

With the help of automated data subject verification workflows across all appearances of a subject’s personal data, you can seamlessly fulfill all data rectification requests.

Automate erasure requests

Section 44(1)

Fulfill data subject’s erasure requests swiftly through automated and flexible workflows.

data erasure request
processing request

Automate objection and restriction of processing requests

Sections 20(2), 20(3), 39, 40

Build a framework for objection and restriction of processing handling based on business requirements, with the help of collaborative workflows.

Monitor and track consent

Sections 20(2), 20(3)

Track consent revocation of data subjects to prevent the transfer or processing of data without their consent. Seamlessly demonstrate consent compliance to regulators and data subjects.

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Assess GDPR readiness

Assess Ghana’s DPA 2012 readiness

Sections 17, 18, 19, 24

With the help of our multi-regulation, collaborative, readiness, and personal information impact assessment system, you can gauge your organization's posture against Ghana’s Data Protection Act’s requirements, identify the gaps, and address the risks. Seamlessly expand assessment capabilities across your vendor ecosystem to maintain compliance.

Meet cookie compliance

Section 20(1)

Automatically scan the web properties within your organization, categorizing tags, and cookies. Also, build customizable cookie banners, collect consent, and provide a preference center.

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breach response notification

Automate breach response notification

Section 31

Automates compliance actions and breach notifications to concerned stakeholders about security incidents by leveraging a knowledge database on security incident diagnosis and response.

Manage vendor risk

Section 29

Keep track of privacy and security readiness for all your service providers and processors from a single interface. Collaborate instantly with vendors, automate data requests and deletions, and manage all vendor contracts and compliance documents.

Key Rights Under Ghana’s Data Protection Act 2012

Right to be Informed: Data subjects have the right to be informed of the processing of their personal data and the purposes for which the data is processed.

Right to Access: Data subjects have the right to obtain confirmation whether or not the controller holds personal data about them, access their personal data, and obtain descriptions of data recipients.

Right to Rectification: Under the right to rectification, data subjects can request the correction of their data.

Right to Erasure: Data subjects have the right to request the erasure and destruction of the data that is no longer needed by the organization.

Right to Object: The data subject has the right to prevent the data controller from processing personal data if such processing causes or is likely to cause unwarranted damage or distress to the data subject.

Right not to be Subjected to Automated Decision-Making: The data subject has the right to not be subject to automated decision-making that significantly affects the individual.

Facts related to Ghana’s Data Protection Act 2012

1
While processing personal data, organizations must comply with eight privacy principles: lawfulness of processing, data quality, security measures, accountability, purpose specification, purpose limitation, openness, and data subject participation.
2

In the event of a security breach, the data controller shall take measures to prevent the breach and notify the Commission and the data subject about the breach as soon as reasonably practicable after the discovery of the breach.

3
The DPA specifies lawful grounds for data processing, including data subject’s consent, the performance of a contract, the interest of data subject and public interest, lawful obligations, and the legitimate interest of the data controller.
4
The DPA requires data controllers to register with the Data Protection Commission (DPC).
5
The DPA provides varying fines and terms of imprisonment according to the severity and sensitivity of the violation, such as any person who sells personal data may get fined up to 2500 penalty units or up to five years imprisonment or both.

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