Kazakh citizens can protect data access through egov.kz

ASTANA – Blocking personal data on egov.kz, the e-government website,will soon be available to Kazakh citizens, reported Government for Citizens State Corporation head Abylaikhan Ospanov at a Central Communications Service press conference.


“In order to exclude the risk of unauthorised personal data transfer, we have developed a project according to which citizens will have full control over access to their data,” he said.

The project will be executed in two stages. In the first phase, the data lock function will appear in users’ personal offices.

“Each website user will be able to activate it and block any access to their data,” he added.

The second stage involves creating an SMS service to disable blocking access to personal data. When implementing this function, Population Service Centre (so called TsON) operators will be able to access citizens’ data only by their permission through SMSconfirmation.

Ospanov noted in order to use the data blocking, residents mustregister in the appropriate section of the e-government website or at any service centre.

He added personal data obtained through the latter will be properly protected. A service centre employee can access information only after a citizen appears before him personally, which must be confirmed by the applicant’s photo. TsON staff will be obliged to provide a receipt confirming receipt of personal data and certify their actions with a personal electronic digital signature. In addition, law enforcement bodies will conduct various inspections of employee activities.

“There is a human factor after all when an employee can neglect all the rules and agreements that he signs with the employer about the protection of personal data and for such cases we will create a technical opportunity for a citizen to close access to his data,” said Ospanov.

He also urged citizens to issue a mobile number link to the personal egov office in the TsON. This will enable them to open and close access via SMSpasswords and fully manage and protect their personal data.

“From June-August, half a million people will be trained in digital literacy. To date, 880 certified trainers have been trained throughout the country. Residents of cities, districts and villages are also eligible,” said Ospanov.


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