AIC Submits Comments on Bangladesh Digital Security Act (June 2019)

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The Asia Internet Coalition (“AIC”) has submitted comments on the Bangladesh Digital Security Act, 2018 (“BDSA”),  to the Ministry of ICT – Information and Communication Technology Division of the, Government of Bangladesh. The Act marks a landmark effort to provide a boost to the burgeoning ICT market in Bangladesh, overhauling the previous Information and Communication Technology Act, 2006 and updating the regulatory regime to be better equipped at addressing the challenges of recent developments in technology. While we commend the government’s commitment towards the digital economy enablementin Bangladesh, the underlying regulatory regime poses some serious concerns that we would like to express. These include concerns related to lack of specificity in speech related offences, unpredictable regime for content regulation and takedown notices, gaps in intermediary liability framework, and lack of procedural safeguards.