MPP: Supported the discussion of draft laws supporting e-government
The MPP faction in the State Great Hural (Parliament) held a regular meeting today (May 3, 2021) to discuss whether to hear and discuss information on the draft laws on public information, protection of personal information, and electronic signatures. The draft Law on Public Information will improve the legal environment for citizens’ right to information provided by the Constitution of Mongolia, enable citizens and legal entities to process information collected by the state and use it as open data, and establish electronic documents as valid as paper-based documents. It is hoped that this will address issues such as evaluation, transparency and openness of information, prevention of corruption, prompt delivery of public services, and fiscal savings.
In addition, the current draft Law on the Protection of Personal Information, which aims to preserve and protect any personally identifiable information, provides for the protection of ethnic minorities, religion, beliefs, convictions, sexual orientation, etc. The right to inviolability and freedom enshrined in the Constitution of Mongolia has been strengthened by including the protection of biometric, genetic and electronic signatures related to sexual intercourse and electronic development. In addition, the adoption of this law will create conditions for the collection and use of personal information with the permission of the owner of the information, except as provided by law.
Another law supporting e-government is the draft Law on Electronic Signatures, which provides for the free issuance of digital signature certificates to every citizen of Mongolia over the age of 16 and for the placement of information related to the use of digital signatures in the memory of foreign citizens and stateless persons. It is stated that digital signatures can be used during the stay in Mongolia.
The researchers explained that this is an important bill to eliminate the use of paper-based applications, such as improving the conditions for the transmission and exchange of information using electronic signatures between individuals, legal entities and government agencies, and increasing the number of electronic contracts and agreements.