Government has withdrawn the Interception of Postal Packets and Telecommunication Messages Bill, 2016 (Spy Bill) that was before Parliament.
Deputy Minister for Interior, James Agalga announced the withdrawal of the document meant for fighting crime and suppressing organized crime on the floor of the House Thursday June 30, 2016.
The bill which was introduced in Parliament on February 3, 2016 has officially been withdrawn after a motion was accepted by the speaker of parliament.
According to him, after listening to concerns raised by stakeholders regarding the bill, government has resolved that the bill which is divided into 21 clauses, in its present form, will not address what it is intended for.
The Interior Ministry initiated the bill to empower the country’s security agencies to monitor, intercept calls and messages related to or linked to money laundering, terrorism, narcotic trafficking, identity theft and generally for the protection of national security.
The Interior Ministry intends to allow for broader consultations before relaying a bill that will be acceptable by Ghanaians.