Data Protection Bill seeks to protect personal data

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams has hailed the tabling of the Data Protection Bill in Parliament as a significant move in protecting the personal data of all Jamaicans.

Speaking in the House of Representatives recently, Minister Williams said “as data is considered the “new gold,” the passing of this Bill is critical to the Government’s attempt to delineate the rights of individuals in relation to the processing of their personal and sensitive personal data; and to establish the parameters within which their data should be processed by data controllers in both the private and public sectors.”

Read more on the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology’s website.

GovNet Phase 1 Far Advanced

Infrastructure works under the first phase of the government of Jamaica’s GovNet project is far advanced and several ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) have been connected to the network and critical projects are being supported. GovNet is a secure, wide area network infrastructure that will provide internet connectivity to MDAs to facilitate shared services.

Approval to undertake Phase 1 was granted in 2018 and it includes the buildout of a fibre optic network in the Kingston Metropolitan Area (KMA) and St. Catherine over a three year period. The initiative is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and spearheaded by eGov Jamaica Limited (eGovJa) along with the National Works Agency (NWA) and other partners. Read more here.

 

Maurice Barnes (2nd right), CEO of eGovJa, shares a light moment with Christopher McKenzie (r), Department Head, Network Services at eGovJa, Luke Jackson (2nd left), Programme Manager for GovNet, and Michael Saunderson (l), Operations Manager at the National Works Agency (NWA), at the end of the third GovTechTak event on Friday, February 28, 2020.

GovTechTalk is a once-monthly interactive session hosted by eGov Jamaica Limited with members of the Government of Jamaica’s ICT community to discuss various initiatives. February’s session focused on the GovNet project.

 

eGov Jamaica COVID-19 Advisory

Amidst the COVID-19 concerns, please see the public advisory from eGov Jamaica Limited.

Procurement of Transportation Services for eGov Jamaica

eGov Jamaica Limited (eGovJa) invites bids from eligible bidders to provide Staff Transportation Service at its offices located at 235B Old Hope Road, Kingston 6.

To be eligible, local bidders should have a PPV License issued by the Transport Authority of Jamaica.  They are also required to provide the following:

  1. Copy of valid Pubic Procurement Commission (PPC) Registration in the category of Transportation Haulage
  2. Copy of valid Tax Compliance Certificate (TCC) or Tax Compliance Letter (TCL)
  3. Proof of valid Public Employers Liability Insurance (P&ELI) that covers all company operatives and /or person(s) acting on the Contractor’s behalf, or in their interest

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MDAs Urged To Cooperate With eGov Jamaica’s Data-Gathering Exercise

Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, is encouraging government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to cooperate with the data-gathering activities being undertaken by eGov Jamaica Limited in preparation for the entity’s transition to the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Authority of Jamaica.

Minister Williams, who was speaking at eGov Jamaica’s networking event, dubbed ‘Exec Connect’, at Hope Gardens, St. Andrew, recently, said that the data-gathering exercise will provide detailed information about the ICT needs of the MDAs.

Read more on the JIS website.

eGov Jamaica Prepares For Transition

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), eGov Jamaica Limited, Maurice Barnes, says preparation by the agency to transition into its role as the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Authority of Jamaica is in the final phase.

Speaking at the second in the series of GovTechTalk information sessions, held on Friday (January 31) at the company’s Old Hope Road address in Kingston, Mr. Barnes pointed out that full transition should be achieved by the end of the year.

Read more on the JIS website.

Data Protection Bill for Parliament soon – Fayval Williams

Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Fayval Williams, says the Data Protection Bill, now before a Joint Select Committee of Parliament, is expected to go before the House shortly.

Williams, who was speaking at the eGov Jamaica Limited (eGovJa) ‘Exec Connect’ networking event at Hope Gardens on Thursday (January 23), said the legislation, when enacted,  will provide citizens with the requisite safeguards to control their personal information.

“We will have the right to ask any institution that collects data about us to show us the data, and they will be obligated to show us. In that new environment, you will have rights about your personal data. You will hear more about that when we bring it to Parliament, and that is very close,” she noted.

Read more via the Jamaica Observer website.

Minister urges speedier move to digital society

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology (MSET), Fayval Williams says that the time is right for Jamaica to move with more speed towards implementation of a digital society.

“We simply cannot afford to be left behind the rest of the world, or even our Caribbean counterparts, and I think we are behind. But, being Jamaican, I think we are going to sprint our way through and overtake everybody else,” the minister told guests at the launch of the new national Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) project at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St Andrew on Wednesday.

Read more via the Jamaica Observer website.

E-Passports On The Horizon

Jamaicans are on the cusp of receiving electronic passports (e-passports) as part of the transformation process taking place at the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA).

This forms part of the new national Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) project, which was launched on Wednesday at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel, St Andrew.

The PKI project will be rolled out during the next seven months, with the objective of making Jamaica a more digital society, in which there is ubiquitous use of information and communications technology in all spheres, such as home, work, school and recreation.

It also forms part of the Government’s National Identification System (NIDS), and will enable trusted electronic identities for people, services and things, and make it possible to implement strong authentication, data encryption and digital signatures, based on a certifying authority.

Read more via The Gleaner website.

New National Project Launched Under NIDS

A new National Public Key Infrastructure (NPKI) project has been launched by the Government under the National Identification System (NIDS) programme.

The launch took place on Wednesday (January 15) at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel, in Kingston.

The NPKI project will be rolled out during the next seven months, with the objective of making Jamaica a more digital society in which there is ubiquitous use of information and information and communications technology (ICT) in all spheres, such as home, work, school and recreation.

This project will enable trusted electronic identities for people, services and things, and make it possible to implement strong authentication, data encryption and digital signatures, based on a certifying authority.

Read more on the JIS website.