Bangladesh’s Data Protection Bill
The Data Protection Bill of Bangladesh will be a significant development in Asia once enacted, Graham Greenleaf, PL&B Asia Pacific Editor says.
Of the few countries in Asia which do not have data privacy laws or Government Bills (i.e. North Korea, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, the Maldives and Afghanistan), Bangladesh is the most likely to enact such a law. The government released The Data Protection Act, 2022 for public comment in April 2022, but it has not yet reached the floor of Bangladesh’s unicameral Parliament. Bangladesh already has a right to information law,(1) administered by a three-person Information Commission.
This article is a brief introduction to the Bill, its strengths and weaknesses. It will receive a more detailed analysis when it reaches Parliament.
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