National Encryption Policy

Encryption technologies enable Internet users to protect the confidentiality of their data and communications from unwanted observation and intrusion.  Electronic encryption is the process of scrambling or enciphering data so it can be read only by the person who has the key to unscramble it. Modern encryption scrambles data using a secret value or key known only by the recipient and the sender. For stored data, the secret value typically is known only by the data owner. This is essential for all aspects of digital transformation.  If do not have this, cannot begin the work to transform the government.

Encryption should be the norm for all Internet traffic. New Policy needs to ensure that users’ data, whether stored or communicated, are encrypted by default. End-to-end encryption solutions should be made available to all wherever possible.  Need to encourage operators to deploy encryption and firewall policy.

The Government Digital Transformation Bill 2021 has gone through selective consultation and is now made available for public consultation. The latest version can be downloaded here. All comments and queries are to be written in electronic format and sent to no later than 28th February 2021.

Download Government Digital Transformation Bill  January 2021 Draft