Kazakhstan Strengthens its Personal Data Protection

Senators approved amendments regarding information security.

18/11/2023 - 12:15
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In the first reading, senators approved a bill concerning information security, informatisation, and digital assets, as reported by Sarbaz.kz.

"The law enhances state control and establishes a legal framework for handling and storing personal data. It also mandates operators to notify the authorized body of any breach in personal data security no later than one working day," stated deputy Bibigul Zhexenbay.

Under the new regulations, the Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry has been assigned a new role to ensure compliance with data legislation and its protection.

"To ensure information security of government entities, a Center has been established, clarifying the unified repository of the 'electronic government,' housing the source codes of software products," added the senator.

Just a month ago, the MCRIP confirmed the leakage of Kazakhstani citizens' personal data. At that time, through certain Telegram bots, one could retrieve citizens' personal identification numbers (IIN) and residential addresses via a phone number. The service was subsequently blocked.

According to GTS, which is under the authority of the National Security Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan, over 20 million cyberattacks were carried out on government websites, akiams, etc., in October this year.

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