Kazakh Senate discusses law on information security
A state center for data protection is set to be established in Kazakhstan under the country’s Technical Service. It is expected to support around 350 government information systems. The new organization will not only protect the nation from cyberattacks and other forms of interference, but also conduct vulnerability assessments. Additionally, the center will launch a specialized BugBounty platform, which will attract specialists from around the globe to identify bugs in government information systems, as noted by Mazhilis Member Yekaterina Smyshlyayeva during a Senate meeting. MPs discussed amendments to the draft law on information security issues, which were approved on first reading and forwarded for preparation for consideration in the second reading.
“The established norm will come into force after 60 days, and I believe that organizational matters will be promptly resolved. The State Technical Service, with its current role in ensuring information security, will now operate within a new structure. We expect this center for government information systems to be very effective. It will enable addressing the challenges discussed by our colleagues at today’s meeting. To date, nearly every system is at risk, and this trend is observed not only in Kazakhstan, but throughout the world,” Smyshlyayeva said.
Furthermore, the Senate clarified that the reviewed law prohibits the collection and processing of paper copies of identity documents. Only cases explicitly stipulated by the laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan fall under the exception. However, immigrants will be required to provide copies of their identity documents for the purposes of national security and the protection of national interests. The functions of the supervisory authority for compliance with the legislation on personal data and their protection will be entrusted to the country's Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry.