ALMATY (Reuters) – Kazakhstan has stopped the implementation of an internet surveillance system has been criticised by lawyers as being contrary to the government’s description of the initial roll-out, as a test case.
FILE PHOTO: Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev made a speech during his inauguration ceremony at Nursultan, Kazakhstan was the 12th of June, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Mukhtar Kholdorbekov/File Photo
Mobile phone operators in the oil-rich Central asia, the capital, Nursultan, had asked the customer to install an encryption certificate on the device, or to be at risk of losing internet access.
The safety and security of the state, the officials said, that its purpose was the protection of the Kazakh-users from attacks by hackers, online fraud, and other cyber threats”.
If the certificate is allowed, the user traffic may be intercepted by the government, to circumvent the encryption that is being used by e-mail, and messaging.
Variety of Kazakh lawyers, said this week that they had called on the country’s three mobile operators, on the grounds that the internet access is limited to those who have refused to accept the certificate, it would be illegal.
But late on Tuesday, Kazakhstan State Security Committee said in a statement that the certificate is in deployment it was just a test, which has now been completed. Users will be able to delete the certificate, and the use of the internet, and as usual, he said.
The Kazakh President, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said in a tweet that he had personally ordered the test, demonstrating that the protective measures would not be to the inconvenience of the Kazakh internet users.
“There’s no reason to worry about it,” he said.
Still waiting for the roll-out of the certificate for the ex-Soviet republic, has routinely blocked access, usually for a period of time from a few hours to a few popular websites and applications like Facebook, YouTube, and messaging services WhatsApp and Telegram.
The blocks are usually accompanied by live broadcasts by the government to the criticism and protests, the most recent wave, which took place during and after the June 9 election which is made Tokayev, but the interim director of the full-time president.
Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Alison Williams