Alerting people when their data is used is part of security culture, says Mongolian official

For Mongolians, the government has recently obligated that notifications be sent to them whenever their personal data is utilized by government organizations. This has never happened before in several countries, including Singapore. When Mongolia’s tax authority is looking at one’s data as part of the application procedure, for example, Mongols will be notified via an electronic government services app. If he does not receive this notification, he can complain to a centre under the Mongolian prime minister’s office via the app e-Mongolia.

If a doctor reviews a patient’s health records, an alert will be sent to that patient’s smartphone via the app. It provides details such as the hospital and doctor involved, as well as the date and time of the check.

“In Mongolia, there is a great deal of freedom. Human rights in the digital age include the right to be the owner of one’s data and the ability to exercise control over that data “Mongolia’s Minister of Digital Development and Communications, Ms. Bolor-Erdene Battsengel, explained this on Tuesday (May 31).

“We spend a lot of attention to educating our population on developing a culture where they think about their security first when they join up for different platforms,” said Ms Bolor-Erdene, 29, the youngest member of Mongolia’s Cabinet.

For her part, she spoke to The Straits Times while attending The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Informa Tech’s Asia Tech x Singapore event.

Singapore Expo and the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore host the event, which takes place May 31 to June 3.

The Law on Personal Data Protection was passed by the Mongolian Parliament in December and went into force in May. In terms of personal data, it is claimed to be stricter than prior legislation.

In the future, Ms. Bolor-ministry Erdene’s plans to build a mechanism that allows residents to approve the use of their personal data. If they do not comply, their data will be unavailable.

Organizations in Singapore are not required by the Personal Data Protection Act to educate individuals about how their personal data is used.

Organizations are being urged by the country’s Personal Data Protection Commission to adopt “just in time notifications,” in which users are informed of data processing just before it occurs. The commission believes that this could be valuable for more sensitive information, such as health-related data.

One way Mongolia is balancing its goals of digitalization with the rise of internet hazards like cyber-attacks and scams is by notifying residents when the government utilises their personal information.

The e-Mongolia platform will be implemented in October 2020, allowing citizens to access more government services online. About 180 public services existed at the outset of the project. Now, there are well over 650 members.

Instead than spending hours travelling to towns and cities, people living in rural areas, such as herdsmen, can apply for passports online.

Additionally, the government is attempting to modernise the healthcare industry using technology. Patients can schedule appointments with medical facilities and obtain test results by logging on to the internet.