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PERMANENT REGISTRIES Smith Oduro-Marfo

Increasingly, the COVID crisis has lent itself to surveillance systems and practices. In order to contain the spread of the virus, state and non-state actors around the world have invested in various surveillance tools, particularly for taking body temperatures and for contact tracing. In addition to a symptomtracking app, the Ghanaian government has passed legislation to enhance the powers of the state over telecommunications systems during public emergencies.1 In March 2020, the government passed Executive Instrument (EI) 63—the Establishment of Emergency Communications System Instrument, 2020. EI 63 is partly justified by the state as a response to the ‘urgent need to establish an emergency communications system to trace all contacts of persons suspected of, or actually affected by a public health emergency and identify the places visited by persons suspected of or actually affected by a public health emergency.’2 Of course, with COVID-19 as a tangible reality, and the need for contact tracing as a presently popular mitigating measure, the basis of the EI seems sound. This is especially true in the case of countries like Ghana where SIM registration measures3 have not been

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