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Over 30 facts of illegal transfer of digital signatures revealed in Kazakhstan in a year

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In Kazakhstan, in 2020, more than 30 facts of illegal transfer of digital signatures and improper protection of electronic signatures were revealed. Ruslan Abdikalikov, Chairman of the Committee for Information Security of RK MDDIAI, said this at a briefing in the CCS, Kazpravda.kz reports.

"The Committee conducts state control in the field of electronic documents and electronic digital signatures. It is important to note that an EDS is equivalent to the signature of the signatory and entails the same legal consequences. We receive numerous materials and complaints on the facts of illegal transfer by individuals and officials of their EDS to third parties. The most common cases are when the heads of organizations, including government agencies, leave their EDS unattended, do not revoke the EDS of retired employees, transfer their EDS to other employees," Abdikalikov said.

According to him, the consequence of such actions is usually the unlawful use of digital signatures. So, there were cases when powers of attorney were drawn up with the help of an illegally transferred EDS, financial documents were signed.

It should be noted that on the facts of the transfer of EDS, administrative cases are initiated under Article 640 of the Administrative Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan and a penalty is imposed in the amount of 15 to 50 MCI.

"In 2020, more than 30 facts of illegal transfer of digital signatures and improper protection of electronic signatures have been established, since the beginning of 2021, 6 cases have been considered, 3 more cases are pending. In this regard, I would like to urge citizens not to transfer their electronic signatures to other persons in any way and do not leave them unattended, and also remember that no one has the right to demand that you hand over the key," the speaker added.
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Aidana Demesinova
18:07, 13 April 2021
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