The Asia Internet Coalition (“AIC”) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (“Chamber”), have submitted a joint letter to Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh (“GoB”), and in particular the Information and Communication Technology Division (“ICT Division”). The associations welcome the government for its efforts to bolster the legal and regulatory regime on data privacy in Bangladesh. In particular, we welcome the initiative taken to draft the Information Privacy and Security Rules, 2019 (“Privacy Rules”), to further upgrade the regulatory framework in Bangladesh.
We commend the GoB’s commitment to the objectives of Digital Bangladesh. These efforts in strengthening the legal and regulatory framework are timely and necessary, driven largely by the visionary policies and initiatives adopted and implemented by the GoB, at a time when Bangladesh is experiencing exponential growth in connectivity and digital technology. We support these efforts and would like to share private sector feedback on the draft Privacy Rules. Please find appended to this letter detailed comments and recommendations, which we request the ICT Division to consider.