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Govt seeks journalists’ opinions on draft of Data Protection Act

Published : 10 Aug 2022 11:55 PM

State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak on Wednesday urged the journalists and media workers to give their opinions on the draft of Data Protection Act (DPA) within the next 10 days since the act is available on the website of the division.

Palak made the call at a view-exchange meeting with journalists, which was organized as part of the ongoing consultations on the act, at Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) Auditorium at ICT Tower in the city's Agargaon area on Wednesday morning.

Noting that the law is going to be enacted to protect the data from misuse, he reassured that the law will not be used for controlling anything."Data is the next wealth . . . those who will be able to store and manage the digital data properly will be strong prosperous nations," the state minister said.

Palak said this act will protect the data of the country's people from misuse by foreigners and third party except authorized one. 

Presided over by ICT Division Senior Secretary N M Zeaul Alam, BCC Executive Director Ranajit Kumar and BCC Director Tarique M Barkatullah spoke at the meeting, among others. 

President of Editors Guild Bangladesh and Ekattor Television Editor-in-Chief Mozammel Babu, former president of BFUJ- Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul, NTV Chief News Editor Jahirul Alam and Technology Media Guild Bangladesh President Md Kawser Uddin and General Secretary Morsalin Jonaed took part in the open discussion on the draft law, among others. 

Speaking at the event, Mozammel Babu urged the government to enact a simplified law so that all can understand it.

He also called for using simple and common words in the act so none can misuse it through misinterpretations. 

Taking part in the discussion, Monjurul Ahsan pointed out different concerns about the law that might affect the people and data users and urged the government to enact a people friendly law. 

Consultant of ICT Division's Law and Policy Wing and former Senior Secretary of the Legislative Division M Shahidul Haque gave explanations to the queries of the journalists about the proposed law.