Ghana’s biometric data in the hands of a Kenyan company – according to IMANI vice president


President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

Ghana data in the hands of a Kenyan company

The said company has a registration dossier for soybean producers.

Selorm Branttie said in a Facebook post on her timeline

Selorm Branttie, vice-president of the IMANI Center for Political Education (IMANI Africa), alleges that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo entrusted the biometric data of Ghanaians to a Kenyan company.

According to him, the said company’s track record in biometric data systems records only one company, Soy Farmers, in the country.

In a post seen by GhanaWeb on his Facebook timeline, Branttie explained, “After the complaints by agents of the SIM card registration activity and the bottlenecks, I decided tonight to figure out exactly what that was happening.

“This article here reveals some very interesting, even disturbing, information which I think every Ghanaian should be concerned about as to their race, creed or loyalty,” he said.

Read Selorm Branttie’s full post below

Ghanaian friends,

The President of Ghana, HE Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has entrusted its biometric data to a Kenyan company whose only experience in biometric data systems is the registration of soybean farmers in a county in Kenya.

After the complaints by agents of the SIM card registration business and the bottlenecks, I decided tonight to figure out exactly what was going on. This article here reveals some very interesting, even disturbing, information that I think every Ghanaian should be concerned about, regardless of race, creed or loyalty.

1. The application used for the SIM re-registration exercise is called the Ghana SIM Registration Agent application. You can find it on Google Play Store with a search with the same name.

2. In the attached images, the first image shows the name on the Google App Store, along with the number of downloads. Interestingly, you will also see several reviews of the app, which recount almost all the frustrations of users while trying to register owners of poor SIM cards.

3. Another look down will show the developer’s details. Usually there will be details about the developer, their location, address, and the like. In this case, for whatever reason, there is only one email address, [email protected]

4. Refer to the pictures. There is no website for Ghanaid.com. Please feel free to check out the website on your browser and take a screenshot for reference. It’s a blank page. Please refer to the attached photos from today 06-01-2021

5. A check on a universal registrar database on the ghanaid.com site reveals more. Raw WHOIS data is also shown in the attached images. The website was registered on July 27, 2021. Coincidentally, the Minister of Communication announced in August the re-registration activity to reduce and eradicate fraud and set a period from October to March 31. 2022. Attachments.

6. The company which registered the Ghanaian website is called Pitstop Technologies and the registrant is from Kenya. The registrant’s contact details are included in the raw WHOIS data. A check on LinkedIn, however, shows that the Registrar is the CEO of another company with only 2 mentions of him related to Pitstop Technologies online. One concerns a dispute with another company over a trademark activity and the other concerns the registration of soybean producers. Wait, we’ll get to that soon … Attachments are attached.

7. There is no website for pit stop technologies limited anywhere. Search it on Google. Look up and down for it. Go everywhere. I must be corrected with a national apology carrying a bag if you find it between today and tomorrow. Further search by Pitstop Technologies reveals a company with a similar name registered in Malta in 2018. The registration status of this company has however been invalid since last year. Attachments.

8. The other mention of Pitstop Technologies is a February 2019 article on a biometric registration exercise for soybean farmers in Gishu County, Kenya. It is the only existing record of the company’s ability to biometrically register anyone on any database. For reference, the map of Usain Gishu County in Kenya is also attached. The initiative was called the Mkulima Initiative and the Facebook and Twitter IDs, Engagement, and Following, which are the only evidence of this biometric program, are attached here for you to all see.

9. The whole country of Ghana, with its 42 million active SIM registrations, has been given a company that registered soybean farmers in a county in Kenya in 2019 without a website. By comparison, the Electoral Commission which carried out around 18 million entries on the electoral rolls used companies already present in space and known to undertake these activities, for which I do not need to name names because they are not not in the center of the message.

From the president to the beggar on the street with a phone, all of us, our biological data and our fingerprint data is being processed by a company with no website, no credentials, no track record, no identifiable activities all over the world but a small county the size of the Ga East district to manage biometrics.

10. The Ministry of Communications and Digitization has entrusted the activities of the whole country to this organization or entity, with regard to the digital track.

There are a lot of questions we should start asking about the technical implementation considerations that happened with an activity like this, which I will be asking in Part 2 tomorrow morning so as not to inundate you with too much data.

For now, memorize the fact that our data is in the hands of literal amateurs.
Do whatever you want with the information while we review this issue tomorrow.

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