IT’S THE LAW (11/02/2021)

Draft legislation for a Bangladesh data protection law has raised concern that citizen privacy rights may be suppressed, rather than protected, if the Data Protection Act (DPA) is ultimately passed. The draft, which had been available online earlier this year, indicted legislators were considering increased government access to personal data and expansion of departmental surveillance capabilities. This coupled with exempting key agencies from prosecution, could result in weaponization of the law to stifle critics of the government.