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SIM re-registration: Man sues NCA, telcos

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A private citizen has sued the National Communications Authority (NCA) and the telecommunications companies over the SIM card re-registration exercise.

Mr Francis Kwarteng Arthur, a private lawyer, is praying the High Court to stop the collection of subscribers’ personal data for the re-registration exercise.

He is also seeking an interlocutory injunction to halt the process until the final determination of the case.

Apart from the NCA (1st Respondent), the other respondents include the Ghana Telecommunications Company Limited (2nd Respondent), Stratcom PLC (3rd Respondent) and AirtelTigo Ghana Limited (4th Respondent).

The suit put the Attorney General on notice.

Mr Arthur, who filed the case on Monday, 22 November 2021 is asking the court to “make an order directing at the 1st Respondent/Respondent to suspend its notice to Mobile network operators directing, instructing or requesting them to procure, store or use the Applicant’s personal information (including the fingerprint of other subscribers), pending the determination of the issues in the originating motion on notice”.

Additionally, he is praying the court to “make an order of mandatory injunction firecrest at the 2nd Respondent/Respondent, the 3rd Respondent/Respondent, the 4th Respondent/Respondent to suspend the collection, storage or use of the Applicant’s personal information including his fingerprint, iris or facial pattern record or other biometric data or particulars and of other subscribers, pending the determination of the issues on the originating motion on notice”.

Also, he wants “any order that the honourable court may deem fit under the circumstances for the protection of the fundamental human rights and freedom of the public at large.”

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