Citizens to access public and banking services through electronic signaturesPolitics
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. On October 27, the Parliamentary Standing Committees on Legal Affairs, and Innovation and Digital Policy held a joint meeting to hold the first discussion on the bill to amend the Law on Electronic Signature.
One of the suggestions put forth by the working group in charge of drafting the bill was to include the issue concerning the privacy and security of electronic signatures for the term, ‘Public Key Infrastructure’. The working group also suggested adding regulations that prevent anyone other than the account holder to log in to the system by verifying their identity, and making it a requirement to have the system used for digital signatures to be connected to the clocking system. As for other forms of electronic signatures, however, it will be optional to be connected to the clocking system.
As of today, around 38,000 citizens are using electronic signatures, of which 8,000 are employees at organizations under the capital city municipality, and the rest are entities and citizens that submit reports for tax and social insurance, and those involved in procurement and bids for tender. As the number of users is currently considered insufficient, Minister of Justice and Internal Affairs Kh.Nyambaatar informed that works are being carried out for the establishment of infrastructure for electronic signatures in the framework of the goal to issue electronic signatures for all adult citizens of Mongolia.
With the approval of the amendment, all citizens will be provided with an electronic signature by the General Authority for State Registration for free to create the conditions for citizens to access public and banking services through its use. Furthermore, the bill reflects that a citizen is allowed to have as many types of electronic signatures - however, a certain fee is needed to be paid to a specially permitted company if the purpose of their additional electronic signature is for the use as an employee.
At the end of the meeting, it was agreed to introduce the suggestions put forth during the joint standing committee meeting at a plenary session of the parliament.