Golden Tulip convicted over data processing

The Golden Tulip Hotel was on Wednesday convicted for failing to register with the Data Protection Commission (DPC) by an Accra Circuit Court.    

The company is said to have failed to register with the DPC even though it processes personal data of customers and staff of the company.

Under the law all organisations that collect data of persons and entities are to register with the DPC.

The company represented by its General Manager pleaded guilty.  

Counsel for the company, Nana Adjei Baffour Awuah told the court that the company was in the process of registering with the DPC, and that just this morning they had paid some monies at ECOBANK.

He said the only challenge was that they did not finish the process before the summons was served.

He prayed the court to tamper justice with mercy as his client was innocent and also because the processes were still ongoing.

The court presided over by Mr Aboagye Tandoh after the conviction directed that the company should complete the process in a week’s time.   

He therefore granted bail in the sum of GH¢4,000.00 with one surety, ordering that the processes must also be filed at the court before March 9.

The case was adjourned to March 9.

Prosecuting, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Stephen Adjei told the court that complainant is the Executive Director of the DPC in Accra, while the culprit is the Golden Tulip Hotel represented by its General Manager.

He said during the month of October 2016, a report was made to the police that some institutions and organisations identified as data collectors have failed to register with the Commission as required of them by law but are processing personal data.
He said investigations were carried out and the culprit being Golden Tulip, a data controlling institution, was identified as the defaulter.

The prosecution said, the company was subsequently summoned to appear before the court. 

Source: GNA

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