Jun 082011
 June 8, 2011  Posted by  Laws, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Minister for Communications Haruna Iddrisu has dismissed allegations of phone tapping in the country. Mr Iddrisu advised Ghanaians to disregard the claims that their telephone conversations were being listened to, as none of the telecommunication companies operating in Ghana was indulging in such practice.

He said the current claim by a section of the public that their telephone conversations were being monitored or tapped was not true. “Ghanaians are being lured into a false sense of insecurity that their calls or conversations are being monitored or recorded.”


The minister explained that in Ghana, Mobile Cellular Licence requires telecommunication operators to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of all their subscribers, which means that doing otherwise would result in a breach of the law.

Under the Mobile Cellular Licence, operators are expected to maintain confidentiality “and refrain from using or disclosing any confidential, personal and proprietary information obtained in the course of its business from any user… unless the customer has given his or her consent to such use or disclosure”.

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