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Mauritius government joins hands with Microsoft for data protection

Mauritius government joins hands with Microsoft for data protection

Microsoft Corporation and the government’s Data Protection Office (DPO) are working together to protect customers’ personal information as well as sensitive data managed by organisations. (Image: The Media Guru)

Mauritius showed its focus on the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector with a recent workshop to sensitize businesses on data protection and educate both public and private sector enterprises on its implications.

Microsoft Corporation and the government’s Data Protection Office (DPO) are working together to protect customers’ personal information as well as sensitive data managed by organisations.

“Microsoft Corporation has a wide experience in protecting people’s data and is here to give a hand to the government in reinforcing protection of customers’ data” said Paul Benting, Country Manager of Microsoft Corporation.

Some sixty leaders across public and private sectors participated in the event held Wednesday on the theme ‘Data Protections: A Must in Today’s Business’ at the Maritim Hotel, Balaclava.

With modern computer technology, the use of data has become increasingly easy and multifaceted, and risks involved are real as far as accumulation and use of personal data are concerned.

He further pointed out that this prime collaboration between DPO and Microsoft Corporation, shares a common goal, that is, the protection of customers; where his organisation has been cooperating with the government since 1998 for the expansion of ICT in Mauritius.

This joint initiative of the DPO and Microsoft Corporation covered topics such as: measures taken by the government to strengthen the regulatory framework for data protection, the role of the DPO; technological progress; the evolution of data protection in Europe; the necessary regulatory framework; and government’s online strategy.

The objective behind this workshop was to raise awareness of the participants on the means to manage confidential information and protect personal information, as nowadays many people willingly or unwillingly give a lot of personal data to a multitude of organisations, such as banks, tax authorities or government administration to communicate or to make a transaction.

In her address at the opening ceremony, the DPO Commissioner Drudeisha Madhub, recalled that the mission of her Office is to safeguard the privacy rights of individuals with regard to the processing of their personal data.

She also announced that the draft amendment to the Data Protection Act which provides a legal framework to ensure that personal information is handled properly will be presented to the National Assembly this year.

Furthermore, she underscored the importance of creating a climate of accountability and responsibility when it comes to data protection.

“At times data may be more important than software, therefore regulating the collection of data is imperative; there is, therefore, a pressing need to adopt a more proactive approach with regard to this key issue” she concluded.

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