Public officials banned from using private emails for formal duties

Public officials banned from using private emails for formal duties

- Government bans use of private emails for official duties

- According to the Minister of Communications this does not create the impression of seriousness in running state duties

Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has announced that government officials and public officials are to cease using their private emails for transaction of official duties.

Speaking at the opening session of the National Cyber Security Technical Working Group first retreat for 2019, the MP for Ablekuma West constituency said the use of private emails like Yahoo, gmail do not create the impression of seriousness in running state duties.

She told the media that cabinet has thus approved the migration of all public servants onto the .gov.gh domain which is the official domain name for the Government of Ghana.

Public officials banned from using private emails for formal duties

Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful. Source: Ghanaweb.com
Source: UGC

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The Minister also indicated that the use of private emails exposes the country’s critical information to cyber crimes.

She opined that it is important the state protects the public information ecosystem.

Ursula added that already, some departments, agencies and ministries have already started using public emails.

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She also revealed that there will be sanctions meted out to public officials who continue to use private emails by the end of 2019.

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