Steps needed to defend right to privacy

We must keep our digital life safe

Published : 02 Aug 2021 08:45 PM | Updated : 02 Aug 2021 11:52 PM

Digital privacy of people is being frequently violated these days.  Phone eavesdropping has become a very common phenomenon in Bangladesh.  Experts opine that the phone eavesdropping and the leaking of secret conversation can be controlled through enforcement of existing law properly. Leaking people’s personal telephonic conversations is a punishable offence under the law and such act is unconstitutional.

It is possible to take action against such crime and protect the privacy of people if the existing law is properly enforced. Only the law enforcement agencies can intercept conversations of suspected persons through integrated tele-tap technology in the interest of national security and on the issue of suppression of notorious terrorists or militants. But it needs to follow the proper rules. 

The government should make it compulsory 

for the digital and social media platforms to 

clarify their data usage and privacy guidelines

The law clearly states such recordings can only be made with official consent. So, the law enforcement agencies can do these things only with permission from the home ministry.

We also need to be aware of how to keep our digital life safe.  For that, we have to be aware of everything we do on digital platforms. Users in our country are mostly unaware of the malpractices of password use and use weaker passwords, which makes their digital lives vulnerable. 

We should reduce this vulnerability by educating and making people aware of the risks of using weak passwords on social media sites. The government should also need to make it compulsory for the digital and social media platforms to clarify their data usage and privacy guidelines.