Government workers to be barred from using private emails for work – Ursula Owusu

Starting 2023 all public sector workers will be barred from using private emails for official work.

The National Information Technology Agency has been tasked with the supervision mandate of the official platform to be used.

The Minister for Communication and Digitalisation, Madam Ursula Owusu-Ekuful announced at the Technology Breakfast Meeting in Accra.

The meeting was aimed at sensitising Public Chief Executives on leveraging on government’s digitalisation drive.

Speaking at the meeting, Madam Owusu-Ekuful pleaded with government agencies to liaise with the agency to make sure the platform is operationalised.

According to her, this policy will ensure the continuity of state information and mitigate instances of exposing state information to cyberattacks.

She further urged the public sector CEOs to tighten structures to protect government information in the discharge of duties.

Madam Owusu-Ekuful noted that the goal is to ensure “that official information stays within the official domain.”

“Somebody somewhere is using that information that has been provided on those supposedly free platforms and doing all kinds of things with our data which we don’t know about.”

“In other countries, you could lose your job for not using your official email because it compromises the security of the entire system.

It destroys institutional memory. It makes government information available everywhere in the world.”

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