Lawyer drags NCA and telcos to court over SIM re-registration

Accra, – The National Communications Authority (NCA) and owners of telecommunication services have been sued over the re-registration of SIM Cards.

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

The applicant, aside seeking an enforcement of his fundamental human rights to administrative justice, to speech, to information and to privacy, is also seeking an interlocutory injunction to halt the process until the final determination of the case.

The respondents are NCA (1st Respondent), Ghana Telecommunications Company Limited (2nd Respondent), Scancom PLC (MTN) (3rd Respondent) and Airteltigo Ghana Limited (4th Respondent) with notice to the Attorney General.

Mr Arthur, who filed his case on Monday November 23, 2021 prayed 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”.

The applicant is also seeking the Court’s order to “make an order of mandatory injunction directed 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, palmprint, 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.

Any order that the honorable court may deem fit under the circumstances for the protection of the fundamental human rights and freedom of the public at large, he prayed.

Source: Ghana News Agency

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