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Technology minister says portal is safe

Published:Saturday | August 26, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Dr Andrew Wheatley

The Technology Minister Dr Andrew Wheatley is reassuring members of the public that the government’s newly-launched web portal, GOV.JM, is secure and that their personal information will not be compromised.

The portal, which was launched in August, is a ‘one-stop shop’ website that allows persons to conduct business online with various government agencies.

Members of the public can pay bills and traffic fines, register their motor vehicles as well as submit applications for passports, drivers’ licenses and marriage certificates.

Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service Think Tank, Dr Wheatley urged persons to use the technology.

He says government is committed to ensuring that all its websites are safe and that the information used to transact business on these websites are protected.

The technology minister notes that a new web security policy was completed recently, which stipulates that all government websites put necessary structures in place to ensure that they have maximum security.

In the meantime, Dr Wheatley announced that there have been two security audits of government websites since last year.

He did not reveal the findings of the audits.

However, he says the process is an ongoing process.

Dr Wheatley says the government is putting additional measures in place and is constantly upgrading the level of cybersecurity that is in place for all its websites.