Govt eyes data privacy policy

Staff Correspondent

24 November, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The government is planning to formulate a policy on data privacy protection as the authorities utilising the tire-four data centre to protect internal resources, State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak said.

Bangladesh opened very own four-tier National Data Centre at Bangabandhu High Tech City at Gazipur which is seventh largest of its kind in the world.

Addressing a virtual meeting on Monday, State Minister Palak also mentioned the importance of awareness at individual level to strengthen data protection. Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha and Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank (RAKUB) signed-up with the Bangladesh Data Centre Company under ICT Division to protect official data.

“Bangladesh has established computer emergency response team (CERT) to stand by the people and organisation any time. Besides, Digital Security Agency also provided technical support in this regard,” Palak added.

He said the government is planning to formulate a law regarding data privacy protection as important information from different government and private institutes can easily go outside the country through foreign tech companies.

Presided by ICT Division senior secretary NM Zeaul Alam, RAKUB Chairman Raisul Alam Mondal, Managing Director Sajedur Rahman Khan, Rajuk chairman Sayeed Noor Alam and Bangladesh Computer Council executive director Parthapratim Deb connected the session.

The construction of the National Data Centre began in 2016 on seven acres of land with a space of 2, 00,000 square feet with Chinese financial and technical assistance.