Public information bill discussed

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On August 10, the Standing Committee on Innovation and e-Policy held an open discussion on bills on public information and protection of personal information submitted by Cabinet.

Chairman of the working group in charge of developing the bills N.Uchral introduced the bills and emphasized that with the implementation of e-transition, government services can be made faster and less bureaucratic for citizens.

“The legislation on public information is directly related to every citizen. The bill on public information divides information into closed, open, and limited classification. One of the most common complaints is that a citizen’s ID card is notarized. But the government has that person’s personal information. Therefore, under the bill, the government will not have to demand the information. As a result, government agencies share information with each other. People will also be informed of the personal information the government used,” he said.

State Secretary of the Ministry of Justice and Internal Affairs B.Baasandorj noted that the proper use of data reduces corruption, which is why the government developed and submitted the four bills for Parliament review.

The bill on public information regulates how public organizations and the private sector exchange information, how to obtain permission from information owners, and how to notify them, while the bill on e-signature aims to regulate how citizens can be identified and verified online. Moreover, the bill on cyber security serves for the security and safety of the other three bills. These four laws are inextricably linked, B.Baasandorj said.

Head of the Legal Policy Department of Ministry of Justice and Internal Affairs P.Sainzorig stressed that the use of audio, video, and audio-visual recording devices to collect personal information and disclose information that adversely affects individual rights and legitimate interests has increased.

“This is due to the fact that the Law on Protection of Personal Information does not specify cases related to this issue, and does not provide for prohibitions and control. Therefore, more than half of all articles and provisions of the law were amended,” he added.

Misheel Lkhasuren