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Palak stresses immediate enactment of data privacy law

  • Published at 09:39 pm May 9th, 2019
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File photo of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak Dhaka Tribune

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Information and Communication Technology (ICT) State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak has stressed the need to enact a data privacy law to protect private and personal information of Bangladeshi citizens.

He made the observation while addressing a seminar on online privacy and the protection of personal data for a secure cyberspace in Bangladesh, held at the Bijoy auditorium of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) in Dhaka yesterday. 

BUP department of law, under the Faculty of Security and Strategic Studies, organized the seminar. 

Speaking as chief guest at the event, Palak said all the data citizens are currently providing are hosted on servers outside the country. 

"That is why the country has to introduce a data protection guideline," he stated. 

Quoting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's recent comments, the ICT state minister reiterated: "Future is private." 

In his keynote address at the seminar, Dr Mohammad Ershadul Karim, senior lecturer of the Faculty of Law at the University of Malaya, said people have to remember that the Digital Security Act (DSA) is a matter of security, not privacy. 

"The two are different things. As privacy is not an absolute right, the government can impose restrictions on it in a lawful and reasonable manner," he explained.   

He said the central issue was protection of personal data from abuse by private or non-state actors, like business organizations.

Among others, BUP Vice Chancellor (VC) Major General MD Emdad-Ul-Bari, Pro-VC Professor Abul Kashem Mozumder, and Brigadier General Siddiqul Alam Sikder, dean of the Security and Strategic Studies Faculty, were also present at the event. 

BUP to be first university to get a cybersecurity laboratory  

Speaking about the government's digital security initiative, ICT State Minister Palak said the government will form a Digital Security Council, headed by the prime minister, the Digital Security Agency, a digital forensic laboratory, and a computer incident monitoring system. 

To run the digital security laboratory, the government will need skilled resources and hence, the government has decided to fund a cybersecurity laboratory at BUP. 

“ICT Advisor [Sajeeb  Wazed Joy] has given his consent to establishing university-level cyber security laboratories,” Palak announced, adding that BUP would get the first one at a cost of Tk20 crore.