The Sri Lankan Ministry of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology introduced the framework for the proposed Personal Data Protection Bill on June 12, 2019. ‘Data Protection Legislation’ is an important public policy consideration for Sri Lankan government in the context of “digital transformation taking place in Sri Lanka with government agencies, Banks, Telco’s, ISPs and private sector collecting personal data via the Internet”, according to the official press release. It is also important as “the Right to Information Act (2016) is currently being implemented in Sri Lanka, pursuant to Article 14A of the Constitution, where the right to privacy is an exception”. To draft the legislation, the Drafting Committee looked at international best practices, such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation as well as the laws enacted in other jurisdictions, “such as Australia, Singapore and the Indian Draft Legislation”. The Framework has been introduced for the stakeholder comments and will now be subjected to an Independent Review Committee. The objective of the Framework As per the Preamble, the Framework aims to: Protect the personal information while ensuring the rights of natural persons with regard to the processing of such information Improve consumer confidence and ensure the growth of digital democracy and innovation and promote both the protection of personal data and its use in Sri Lanka while respecting domestic laws and regulations and international standards Enable the Government to regulate the processing of personal data and to ensure confidence in the privacy and security of online transactions and information…
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