The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has taken fresh aim at the Bahamas, with its recent publication of corporate registry information on 175,000 Bahamian companies registered between 1990 and 2016.
The data has been made available by the ICIJ for public electronic searching here: https://offshoreleaks.icij.org/
For those interested in a Bahamian perspective in response, there are some interesting articles on the Bahamas’ Tribune 242 website.
It is reported, for example, that the Bahamas’ Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson has directed a review of the data systems maintained at the Bahamas’ Registrar General’s Department.
Although she has stated that the Bahamas’ government is committed to the transparency of its corporate registry, “we take this matter of an unauthorised publication by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) of data held by the online companies registry very seriously … all necessary action will be taken to ensure that we maintain the requisite data protection as we understand the importance of this to our users.”
It is also reported that the Bahamas’ Minister of Financial Services, C. V. Hope Strachan, has got Very Angry with the ICIJ – not least because the ICIJ appears to have got her confused with the Minister of Finance.
An easy mistake to make, some might say.